Latest News on Proposition A
MISSOURI
10/19/08 TO 10/25/08


ACORN Playing Huge Role in Missouri Race

MO - In November 1993, ACORN helped register more than 100,000 voters from poor urban neighborhoods in St. Louis and Kansas City to pass an amendment to the Missouri Constitution to legalize gambling. The same amendment was defeated by 1,200 votes the preceding April on the strength of heated rural voters when ACORN wasn't involved. When another edition of the amendment was rolled out for the November general election with strong ACORN support funded by $12 million paid by gambling interests to finance the campaign it passed by about 54,000 votes.

www.newsmax.com / By: Nathaniel R. Helms / October 19, 2008

Abouhalkah Trying To Fear Missourians Into Voting Against Casino Limits Proposition

MO - When anti-gambling forces begin their locomotive moving, they will slow down for nothing. No sensible argument can be made to these people. They only have their eyes on one vision, keeping gambling as limited as possible in their state.

www.casinogamblingweb.com / By Tom Jones / October 21, 2008

All in on Proposition A?

MO - Some advertisements for Proposition A talk about tax money going to schools. However, not every school in Northwest Missouri would get new money from Proposition A. "We'll get the same amount, so that really doesn't allow for any growth," said Mike Leach, superintendent of Craig R-III School District. The district currently receives about $262,220 in state funding. The St. Joseph School District is taking a neutral position on the issue, said Steve Huff, assistant to the superintendent. "It's a gaming issue, not a school district issue," he said. The estimated annual cost for problem and pathological gamblers is $5 billion per year and an additional $40 billion in lifetime costs for productivity reductions, social service and creditor losses, according to the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

www.stjoenews.net / by Jennifer Hall / October 22, 2008

Area school superintendents studying Proposition A

MO - Niangua R-5 School District Superintendent Andy Adams said the potential harm done to gamblers is not worth the $15,000 that district is estimated to gain. "With a $2 million budget, we count every penny," Adams said, "but it's just not worth it." Adams told the Niangua school board Thursday, Oct. 17, he opposes Proposition A because it mostly benefits casinos. "It's going to help the casinos much, much more than schools," Adams said. Fordland R-3 Superintendent Brian Wilson said the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education estimated the district to gain about $109,000, while he estimates it closer to $54,000. Wilson said he does not see Proposition A as a school issue, but a gaming issue. Wilson said the Missouri Association of School Administrators has not taken a stand on the issue, but its executive director, Roger Kurtz, has reservations about the proposition.

www.marshfieldmail.com / By Linda Greer / October 23, 2008

Boonville council bets on Prop A

MO - While Isle of Capri Casino officials in Boonville are not taking a public stance on Proposition A, the city council is supporting the measure. The council voted unanimously at Monday night's meeting to support the issue which among other things seeks to prohibit loss limits and restrict the number of casinos in Missouri to those already built or being built.

www.boonvilledailynews.com / Boonville Daily News / By Theresa Krebs / Oct 21, 2008

Cape Girardeau County Commission candidates cite experience at forum

MO - The candidates for the 158th District, Republican Clint Tracy and Libertarian Robert Roland, both portrayed themselves as advocates for lower taxes and smaller government. Roland railed against Proposition A, which would limit the number of casinos in Missouri and eliminate the loss limit on gamblers, as a measure that would take away Cape Girardeau's opportunity for a casino and cost the city money.

www.semissourian.com / Southeast Missourian / By Rudi Keller / October 22, 2008

Casino Funds Competitors' Political Opponents

MO - When struggling for legislative approval, the biggest opponents of new gambling ventures are often existing gambling ventures. It was revealed this week that an Illinois casino contributed $150,000 to oppose a ballot iniative in Missouri removing loss limits.

www.onlinecasinosphere.com / By Lance Burkhart / October 24, 2008

Casino opposes Prop A

MO - An Illinois casino has contributed $150,000 to a group opposing a ballot initiative that would do away with Missouriis nationally unique loss limits on casino patrons. The supportersi campaign has been financed almost entirely by two Las Vegas-based companies that operate casinos in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. Ameristar and Pinnacle Entertainment each have contributed more than $7 million toward the ballot initiative.

www.columbiatribune.com / Associated Press / October 24, 2008

EDITORIAL: No on Proposition A

MO - On Nov. 4, Missouri voters will be asked to remove that limit; if they do, gamblers would be able to lose unlimited amounts as quickly as possible. The result, we fear, would be ruin for many more Missouri gamblers and their families. We recommend voting No on Proposition A. But is the trauma of the financial ruin of a family an even exchange for those additional funds? Would we improve a child's prospects by helping an irresponsible parent lose the family's food, mortgage and rent money on a gambling boat? We think not. The $500 limit is a safety valve that keeps gambling losses down. The loss limit is a safety net protecting compulsive gamblers from their own folly. Voters should reject Proposition A.

lakeexpo.com / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / October 20, 2008

ELECTION 08: Gambling seeks gains in Mo.

MO - Litigation challenging Proposition A theoretically could stop it from going forward, said Evelio Silvera, executive director of Casino Watch, a volunteer organization devoted to opposing the expansion of gambling. But gambling opponents' "NO on A" campaign decided in early October they had no choice but to proceed with an all-out effort to defeat the proposition, concluding that it is destined to go before the voters. A lawsuit against Proposition A in Cole County Circuit Court was dismissed Oct. 20 but an appeal reportedly will be filed. Proposition A is not a constitutional amendment but a proposed revision of various chapters of Missouri law relating to casinos and gambling. The changes deal with four issues -- the present loss limit of $500 per two-hour period, identification of compulsive gamblers, the number of casinos in the state and the tax rate they pay. In March, two St. Louis County men sued Carnahan and State Auditor Susan Montee to stop Proposition A from coming before the voters. Edwin P. McKaskel and Harold H. Hendrick argued that the ballot title is deceptive -- "The Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Initiative" - as is Carnahan's descriptive summary of the proposition. They also questioned the assumptions of the fiscal note issued by Montee of projected tax receipts. Finally, they challenged Proposition A's constitutionality because it contains more than one subject. Silvera said he is appalled by the prospect of $500 million in gambling losses being added to the $1.6 billion lost in Missouri casinos in 2007. "That's an expansion of gambling," he said.

www.sbcbaptistpress.org / BP / by Staff / Oct 23, 2008

Expanded gambling in Missouri is a bad idea

MO - With Proposition A on Nov. 4, Missouri's casinos are asking voters for unfettered access to gambling dollars. Don't give it to them. Both major candidates for governor, Republican Kenny Hulshof and Democrat Jay Nixon, oppose Proposition A. Both have said it will make it more difficult for law enforcement to catch illegal gamblers and keep out unsavory elements.

www.kansascity.com / Oct 22, 2008

GAMBLING BEYOND NEVADA: Eyeing markets and taking chances

MO - Voters in Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Missouri and Ohio are evaluating gaming expansion or changes to existing gaming laws. The measures, different in size and scope, have a common thread: increased gaming opportunities in exchange for the potential of increased tax dollars. Two Las Vegas-based casino operators, Ameristar Casinos and Pinnacle Entertainment, stand to benefit if voters in Colorado and Missouri decide they want to make gaming more freewheeling by increasing wagering limits or eliminating loss limits. The issue in Colorado would let casinos increase the wagering limit from $5 to up to $100, add craps and roulette tables, and stay open 24 hours. In Missouri, casinos want to eliminate a loss limit that keeps gamblers from betting more than $500 during a two-hour period. Macquarie Capital gaming analyst Joel Simkins said passage of the two ballot measures could easily increase the per-share value of Ameristar's stock, anywhere from 29 percent to 40 percent. The company, he said, is viewed as a potential acquisition target. Maine and Ohio have single casino approval issues that are backed by individual casino operators.

www.lvrj.com / Las Vegas Review-Journal / By HOWARD STUTZ / Oct. 19, 2008

Good for education . . . or, maybe not

MO - For years, some Missouri casinos have been pushing the Legislature to get rid of that quirky, only-in-the-nation remnant of this state's riverboat gambling days: The $500-in-two-hours loss limit. They never quite succeeded. The loss limit was born as a compromise when Missouri legalized gambling in 1992 and has hung on stubbornly since, even as other states like Iowa have eliminated theirs. It's a law that hurts no one, its supporters say, and helps protect problem gamblers from themselves. Proposition A backers say it will create between $105 million and $130 million in new school revenue, Such big gains are unrealistic, said Evelio Silvera, director of anti-gambling Casino Watch. Another $105 million in new taxes would require a 30 percent increase in gambling in Missouri: $480 million. And so claiming that kind of new money for schools is just plain dishonest, said Rep. Ray Salva, D-Sugar Creek, who opposes the measure.

www.stltoday.com / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Tim Logan / 10/19/2008

Heads Up: Casino loss-limit repeal measure in appeal

MO - Proposition A opponents Tuesday appealed Monday's dismissal of their lawsuit... Opponents also will ask the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City to pass the case directly to the Missouri Supreme Court for an expedited ruling.

www.kansascity.com / Oct 22, 2008

Hulshof calls for 'courage'; Nixon puts blame on rival

MO - The economy - the issue on the top of voters' minds - dominated the debate on KTVI (Channel 2). Both candidates said they opposed Proposition A. Nixon said the current law, which limits the amount a gambler can lose in Missouri to $500 every two hours, is good and should be kept. Hulshof said he opposed the proposition partly because it would change identification requirements for people entering a gambling establishment.

www.stltoday.com / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Tony Messenger / 10/19/2008

Hulshof, Nixon clash over spending in Saturday night debate

MO - In response to a question during the debate, both Hulshof and Nixon said they opposed Proposition A - a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would repeal Missouri's unique $500 loss limit for gamblers, cap the number of new casino licenses and increase casino taxes, with the new money going to public schools. "I support continuing the $500 loss limit," Nixon said. "I think the people of Missouri have spoken on that" by approving the loss limits as part of the ballot initiative that authorized riverside casinos in the 1990s. Hulshof said he also opposed the ballot measure because it would do away with the electronic gamblers' identification cards, which are used in conjunction with the loss limit.

www.news-leader.com / Associated Press / By DAVID A. LIEB / October 19, 2008

Illinois casino contributes $150,000 to Prop A opponents

MO - The Casino Queen, the casino riverboat in East St. Louis, has tossed in $150,000 to aid the Missouri opponents of Proposition A - which would limit the number of Missouri gambling boats and eliminate the $500 per-cruise loss limit (as well as increase casino taxes and direct that money to schools). The lack of a loss limit in Illinois is among the attractions for visitors to the Casino Queen.

www.stltoday.com / 10/24/2008

Illinois casino funds anti-loss limit group

MO - The group Voters for Good Government said Thursday that it plans to use the money from the East St. Louis, Ill.-based Casino Queen for an ad campaign asserting the Missouri ballot measure is misleading. Hardin, of St. Charles, said he is particularly upset about how the backers of the ballot measure have glossed over the repeal of loss limits by highlighting schools.

www.news-leader.com / The Associated Press / David A. Lieb / October 24, 2008

Illinois casino joins foes of Missouri casino

MO - The group Voters for Good Government said Thursday that it plans to use the money from the East St. Louis, Ill.-based Casino Queen for an ad campaign asserting the Missouri ballot measure is misleading. William "Buddy" Hardin, the treasurer for Voters for Good Government, said his entity already has paid for automated phone calls against Proposition A...

www.forbes.com / Associated Press / By DAVID A. LIEB / 10.24.08

Illinois casino wades into Missouri's Prop. A battle

MO - According to Missouri Ethics Commission records, the casino donation was made to Voters for Good Government, a political organization headed by William Hardin IV. Hardin said his group is not involved "in any way" with the anti-gambling Casino Watch Committee, also opposed to Proposition A and earlier this week reported it had received $10,100 in contributions from three individuals.

luckynumbers.kansascity.com / by Rick Alm / October 23, 2008

It's Your Call, Oct. 21, 2008

MO - Vote no... Vote no on Proposition A. All they want to do is get rid of loss limits on the casino. And then they tell people that they are going to give the school district a lot more money. They're going to give the school district exactly 1 percent more money, and that's not a lot more money.

www.stjoenews.net / October 21, 2008

Judge rejects effort to throw Prop A off ballot

MO - A Cole County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to throw a casino gambling measure off the Nov. 4 ballot. The ruling, issued today, found that the proposal complies with legal requirements that it cover only one subject that is clearly expressed in its title. Gambling companies got the measure on the ballot by circulating initiative petitions. Though the election is only two weeks away, opponents said they won't give up.

www.stltoday.com / POST-DISPATCH JEFFERSON CITY BUREAU / By Virginia Young / 10/20/2008

Judge rejects lawsuit against Missouri casino measure

MO - In two lawsuits that were eventually consolidated, a Cape Girardeau businessman, a state lawmaker and gambling critics contended the proposal illegally mixed multiple subjects in an attempt to "logroll" voters and was unfairly summarized on the ballot. But Cole County Judge Richard Callahan ruled that the various elements in the measure all relate to the regulation of gambling and its revenues. The other lawsuit was filed by two St. Louis area residents backed by the anti-casino group Casino Watch. Evelio Silvera, executive director of Casino Watch, said the group is considering whether to appeal Callahan's decision. Silvera said the decision isn't wholly unexpected and that the group still believes the casino measure incorporates logrolling and should be rejected.

www.kansascity.com / The Kansas City Star / By CHRIS BLANK / Oct 21, 2008

Judge tosses lawsuit on casino ballet measure

MO - Two plaintiffs, Salva and David Knight, have publicly advocated for casinos in their home communities of Sugar Creek and Cape Girardeau. In an interview with members of the editorial board of The Kansas City Star a few hours before Callahan issued his ruling, Salva contended that the state's revenue estimate of $105 million a year in new tax dollars for education was flawed and that the net revenue gain to the state would be zero dollars.

lakeexpo.com / The Kansas City Star / By Rick Alm / October 21, 2008

Letters to the Editor

MO - Beyond shame... Everybody knows the old saying "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Being fooled the third and fourth time is beyond shame. It progresses to foolishness and insanity. The people of Missouri have been scammed three or four times into voting for gambling laws because we were promised the revenue would benefit education. In between the scams, we were handed a huge tax increase that was considered necessary because funding for education wasn't adequate. Is there anybody out there who still is gullible enough to believe that we can improve education by liberalizing the gambling laws? If so, please send me your credit card and bank account information. I have a deal for you. Bob Lawyer | Glendale...

www.stltoday.com / Bob Lawyer / 10/21/2008

Loss-limit law is needed measure

MO - Readers' Letters... These loss-limits were established for good reason. They allow a "cooling-off" period during gambling sessions. It gives people time to regain their composure (senses) to prevent catastrophic losses.

www.news-leader.com / Kevin Corbin / October 24, 2008

MARSCH: 'No' on Proposition A

MO - I like the additional funding for schools and increased accountability for the disbursement and expenditures of that money. But I see that as simply the "carrot" that is being dangled in front of voters to obtain the statutory changes that will benefit just 13 businesses - casinos that are already operating or are under construction in Missouri.

www.bolivarmonews.com / By Charlotte Marsch / October 24, 2008

Mo. judge rejects lawsuit against casino measure

MO - The other lawsuit was filed by two St. Louis area residents backed by the anti-casino group Casino Watch. Evelio Silvera, executive director of Casino Watch, said the group is considering whether to appeal Callahan's decision. Silvera said the decision isn't wholly unexpected and that the group still believes the casino measure incorporates logrolling and should be rejected. Casino Watch also has organized a group that is urging voters to reject the ballot measure.

www.forbes.com / Associated Press / By CHRIS BLANK / 10.21.08

November 4th Amendments and Propositions

MO - Opponents say the loss limit provides at least some checks against gamblers getting in over their heads and shouldn't be repealed. It is argued that the fiscal note is based on unrealistic assumptions and is drastically overinflated; therefore Prop A won't provide anywhere near the amount of new revenue that supporters claim. There is no guarantee public schools will see a dime of additional money from Prop A since lawmakers will find a way to offset whatever new revenue comes in with reductions elsewhere.

www.scanews.com / St. Louis Chinese American News / 10/23/2008

OPINION: School issues: Funding, bonding, unions and secrecy

MO - But as Columbia interim Superintendent Jim Ritter says, he has heard that promise before and educators are skeptical of relying on gambling related proceeds to support their cause. They accurately say Proposition A is a proposal by and for the gaming industry and the questionable promise of more school funding is mainly a promotion technique.

www.tmcnet.com / Columbia Daily Tribune / Henry J. Waters III / October 23, 2008

Opponents of Proposition A sound off again

MO - Missouri Rep. Ray Salva (D-Jackson County), from the Kansas City area, wants the state auditor's office, along with the secretary of state and the attorney general to investigate a study that helped get Proposition A on the ballot. Salva says the Missouri Gaming Commission twisted a University of Missouri-St. Louis analysis regarding the impact on Missouri gaming if casino licenses were limited in the state. "MGC is not in cahoots with casinos. We regulate 'em," says Missouri Gaming Commission Executive Director Gene McNary.

www.krcg.com / By Mallory McGowin / October 21, 2008

Paper clarifies ballot issue

MO - The passing of Proposition A would remove the loss limit of $500 and showing ID (only necessary to Show ID to prove you are 21) will make it easier for terrorists, organized crime and drug dealers to launder their money in Missouri casinos. With a loss limit, it is too difficult to launder money $500 at a time.

www.hannibal.net / Hannibal Courier-Post / Kathy Sanders / Oct 24, 2008

Prop A debate heats up: A benefit to schools or casinos?

MO - If Prop A passes, money will not go to the state's largest school districts because of the statewide school funding formula already in place. About one-quarter of public school students attend class in districts that are projected to receive nothing, even if the ballot measure passes. Sen. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, has said that if the initiative passes, "adequate funding would be based not only on how much the accredited schools have spent on their education, but also on how much people lose at the gambling boat, which I don't think the court would find as a rational basis for funding."

www.lakesunleader.com / Lake Sun Leader / By Staff reports / Oct 25, 2008

Prop A draws support, dissent

MO - Billed as the "Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Funding Initiative," the measure deals more in changing the structure of gambling regulations than with helping schools. Casino Watch - who opposes casino expansion and is against the proposition - and Yes on A Coalition - a group sponsored by two major casinos - have come down on opposite sides of this issue. "This is not the right economic time to be deregulating a predatory industry like the casino industry in the state of Missouri," said Evelio Silvera, executive director of Casino Watch. "That means not encouraging more and more losses at a time when families can ill afford it." But for Silvera, focusing on the benefit to schools is just using children to entice voters to vote for a bad policy. During an Oct. 16 school board meeting, North Callaway Superintendent Roy Moss shared his doubts about the measure. "What we do know about the state funding formula is that usually if additional money comes in, it supplants other money." "They (Casino Watch Committee) cite statistics that show they solved over 95 percent of more than 1,700 crimes committed in casinos last year ranging from murder, theft, rape, identity theft and other petty crimes. "Proposition A is dangerous to Missourians because it weakens that."

www.fultonsun.com / The Fulton Sun / By ROGER MEISSEN / Oct 22, 2008

Prop A has issues

MO - "It's just a hollow promise on this money for education," said Jackson, 42, of Overland. Critics are also skeptical of the proposal's language, which declares the tax on gambling losses "shall not be used to replace existing funding provided for elementary and secondary education." Rep. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, said there is no way to obligate the Legislature to spend a specific amount on education. "No department in government has a locked-in amount that they know they're going to get," said Cunningham, chair of the education committee in the Missouri House. That's because the proposition doesn't fully explain how to distribute all the funds. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can only explain where $54 million of the more than $105 million in potential new revenue might wind up. In other words, much of the casino tax revenue channeled through the formula initially would remain unspent.

www.stltoday.com / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Joe Crawford / 10/22/2008

Prop A's misleading promise about funding our schools

MO - Backers of the pro-gambling measure Proposition A in Missouri are selling one bold promise to voters. But it's a big, fat misleading promise, reason enough to vote "no" on Prop A in November. Most of the financially troubled school districts and most students in Jackson County would not receive new money soon if voters endorse the pro-gambling proposition.

voices.kansascity.com / Kansas City Star / by Yael T. Abouhalkah / October 21, 2008

Proposition A a gamble

MO - A gambling proposal being advertised to benefit education is estimated to provide about $116,000 in additional funding for three of seven Nodaway County school districts while the other four would get nothing. "We're not going to take a position on this one way or the other," Miller (Maryville Superintendent) said. "And I don't have all the information about the proposal, but from what I do know, there is no guarantee how much money will be added to education."

www.maryvilledailyforum.com / Maryville Daily Forum / By Jeff Schmucker / Oct 20, 2008

Proposition A deception is revealed

MO - The University of Missouri at St. Louis with a grant paid for by the Missouri Gaming Commission conducted a study concerning certain gaming issues. This study was initiated in July 2007, six months before Proposition A was common knowledge. Now comes "casinogate" My investigation revealed that the study less than coincidentally was initiated at the same time that an application for a new gaming license was made in the Kansas City market area. This is the same area that is controlled by Ameristar Casino. The study did not address the impact on gaming revenues associated with the elimination of loss limits. "The fiscal impact estimates currently set forth in the fiscal note accompanying Proposition A were generated without the participation of the study's authors." Regards, [Signed] Don Kridel... Greg Aubuchon" (Professors in the department of economics)

www.joplinindependent.com / by Rep. Ray Salva / 2008-10-20

Proposition A increases odds against casino gambling in Branson

MO - If Proposition A is approved by the voters it does not completely eliminate the possibility of casino gambling coming to the Branson area but it does create another considerable hurdle that must be overcome before that can happen. As the law currently reads there is no limit on the number of casinos authorized within the state. Currently, if the Branson area wanted to authorize casino gambling it would first have to get a constitutional amendment approved by a statewide vote authorizing casino gambling in the Branson area. If the amendment was approved by the voters the Missouri Gaming Commission could issue the license.

www.bransoncourier.com / by Gary Groman / Oct 24, 2008

Proposition A: An Educator's Take

MO - Now Superintendent Ron Anderson of the Jackson Public School District says while it's hard to turn down money, Prop. A isn't likely to give schools nearly as much money as they need. Dr. Anderson says new money promised by Prop. A falls short of school needs. But Anderson says, "The winners in my opinion are the casinos. Not the school districts."

www.kfvs12.com / By: CJ Cassidy / Oct 23, 2008

School groups cool to Prop A

MO - "People need to understand it's a gambling issue and not an education issue," Columbia interim Superintendent Jim Ritter said. "Education is obviously being used to make it popular with the voters. But we don't want people voting on it because they think this is an education issue. This is not being done for the benefit of education. Education might reap a benefit, but ultimately it's about bringing more revenue to the gambling industry." The Missouri School Boards' Association, the Missouri State Teachers Association and the Missouri National Education Association are staying neutral.

www.columbiatribune.com / Tribune / By JANESE HEAVIN / October 19, 2008

St. Louis County ballot propositions get confused

MO - Proponents of a quarter-cent sales tax to raise $40 million annually for prevention education and mental health programs for St. Louis County kids are worried it may be sunk by a statewide initiative on gambling loss limits funded by casino money. Proponents of Proposition 1, also known as the Putting Kids First campaign, say voters are mistaking their initiative with Proposition A, funded by more than $11 million in casino interests. Both campaigns are marketing themselves as for the betterment of kids. "The loss limit is uncomfortable for anybody who cares about the risks that gambling can create," said clinical social worker Terri Ohlms, who specializes in treating gambling addiction.

www.stltoday.com / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Nancy Cambria / 10/26/2008

State senators oppose the 'shell game' that is Proposition A

MO - A multimillion dollar advertising campaign by Las Vegas-based gambling companies to convince Missouri voters to lift the state's $500 loss limit is "just another shell game being pushed by the gambling moguls to wrap themselves in the interests of education and veterans to squeeze more money out of everyday Missourians," according to state Sen. John Loudon, R-Chesterfield. "Our economy is struggling, people are losing their homes to foreclosures, and bankruptcies are at an all-time high."

www.buffaloreflex.com / October 22, 2008

Supporters: Prop A Raises Money For Schools

MO - "They have fouled up the formula so much that no school is going to get any money for the first few years," Loudon said. Loudon said repealing loss limits means the measure throws problem gamblers to the wolves. "The gambling addict could lose a house in a few hours. That protection will go away with this," Loudon (Senator) said.

www.kmbc.com / October 22, 2008

Unfettered Letters

MO - Don't gamble with school funds... With Proposition A to cut "loss limits," the casinos are saying that if we let them suck people dry, they'll cut us taxpayers in on a piece of the action. I'm one taxpayer who doesn't want to make school funding rely on unwise behavior. Haven't we lately had enough financial disaster from people's excessive gambling in the markets? Do we want to make our schools' financing vulnerable to a sudden outbreak of people being more sensible with their money? Rachel MacNair... Kansas City...

blogs.kansascity.com / October 19, 2008

What if Prop. A fails?

MO - Casinos in Kansas will not operate under a rule like Missouri's unique-in-the-nation Loss Limit that monitors gamblers' play through mandatory use of tracking cards and restricts their buy-in of slot machine credits and table game chips to $500 every two hours. Missouri is a middle-to-high tax rate state, but did not impose a cap. Up to now it has wisely measured market demand before increasing supply. But a decade ago the Missouri Gaming Commission did miscalculate in Kansas City when it licensed five casinos then watched Sam's Town go out of business in less than three years.

luckynumbers.kansascity.com / by Rick Alm / October 22, 2008

Your Letters, October 22, 2008

MO - A quick check of the Missouri Gaming Commission's Web site would reveal that we presently have 13,110 problem gamblers registered so far this year. That same site tells us the gambling industry has netted $1.275 billion to date this year. With 25 million visitors so far this year, that's about $51 per visit our good citizens leave behind in return for the fun experience. Estimates are they will leave another half billion behind if Prop A passes. No amount of educational benefit justifies this waste of sorely needed resources of Missouri families, especially at this time. This bet should definitely be off. Joseph A. Morrey, St. Joseph...

www.stjoenews.net / October 22, 2008