Who Profits from Gambling?

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford.

In her public statement, the Governor said, “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant efforts to expand gaming across Oregon to the detriment of the public welfare.”

What she actually means is she’s opposed to more gambling if it’s not run by state government.

During the current two-year budget cycle, Oregon expects to earn $1.2 billion from the state Lottery. In January, Powerball mania resulted in record sales of $36 million in one week. A Lottery spokesman said, “Any time sales go up, that’s a good thing for our beneficiaries.”

The hypocrisy of Oregon politicians about gambling and other so-called “sinful” activities is tiresome. We are constantly lectured to avoid smoking, drinking, and gambling because those activities are bad for us; but as soon as legislators get a cut of the action, it’s full steam ahead.

Now that recreational marijuana is legal and taxed, politicians are suddenly enjoying a new profit stream. Can marijuana advertising be far behind?

As soon as our governor starts reining in the state Lottery, I might take her concerns about tribal casinos seriously. Until then, she should stop pretending to be a voice of morality.

John A. Charles, Jr. is President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.

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  • MrBill

    If a tribe wants to build a casino on their own land that’s fine. Technically they’re supposed to be sovereign nations.

    Whether they actually profit from said activity or not is debatable. In the long run, a lot of reservations would probably do better to allow members clear title to reservation lands and the right to develop those lands.

    • SEIU later taxpayer

      Warm Springs has a splendid design for Cascade Locks. Grand Ronde with the former MKC dog track at Fairview/Wood Village could stem the tide going North to Cowltz in LaCenter, WA. Klamath wants Langon Farms, French I-5 Prairie – and, talk of a Medford casino has is bending some nerves.
      Of course, the Kate Brown tribe in Snalem wants to protect its Oregon Lottery assets.

      LR; Gee, what should we do, Tonto?
      T: What’s with this we stuff Kemosabe?

      HNBC (how now brown cow): Like water for chocolate, Oregonians cud be succoring the teats of the Swiss cheesy carpetbagger Nestle’ cash cow outstanding in a field of POTable weeds, the kind governmentium feeds on.

      • Nuts 2em, gall dammit

        Just say and/or declare “NO” to ass such any outside bad habit, none of above number sing a homespun love for our forefather’s establishment in 1859 and then, alas, in 1987 when Mahonia Hall became reconsigned over to Reich minded PERS’s attending left fling orgasmic farces, aka feces.

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