Economic and Social Costs of Gambling: Unfunded Mandates

The rate of Pathological Gambling is significantly higher among minorities and lower-income individuals. A recent study conducted at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported the rate of gambling addiction among Caucasians Americans as .5 percent. Among … Continue reading

How Gambling Impacts Communities

A casino is not like any other business. There would be little concern over how much gambling we have in our state or community if it were not for the social problems and costs that gambling creates. Addiction, bankruptcy, crime, corruption, child abuse and neglect, divorce, domestic violence, and suicide are some … Continue reading

The Case Against Legalized Gambling

Written by Harvey Chinn    Gambling creates no new wealth. It redistributes wealth on an inequitable basis. It enriches the few and impoverishes the many. Gambling is non-productive. It performs no useful or necessary services. Gambling is parasitic.   Gambling depresses legitimate business, siphoning off money from the regular business community. … Continue reading