Don’t gamble away Florida’s future

Too often the Florida Legislature advances a bad idea and keeps adjusting it until enough lawmakers hold their noses and vote for it. But sometimes bad policy is just bad policy that cannot be fixed. That is the case with a bid to allow destination casinos, which would be a bad bet for this state.

Don’t gamble away Florida’s future

A Times Editorial
In Print: Friday, December 9, 2011

Too often the Florida Legislature advances a bad idea and keeps adjusting it until enough lawmakers hold their noses and vote for it. But sometimes bad policy is just bad policy that cannot be fixed. That is the case with a bid to allow destination casinos, which would be a bad bet for this state.

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee made it clear Wednesday that it wants changes in the legislation sponsored by Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale. Bogdanoff already is floating changes that would bring in more revenue for the state and expand casino gambling in South Florida beyond the three destination casinos the bill would allow. In an attempt to win over a few more senators and appease the parimutuel industry, she would change the bill to allow South Florida parimutuels to have the same casino games as the casinos and tax them at the same rate. At least that puts to rest the lie that this legislation would somehow limit and better control gambling.

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