Earl L. Grinols and Joel S. Rose
Another Voice, Buffalo News, 3/13/07
The Another Voice column that appeared in the Feb. 28 Buffalo News by Jonathan Taylor, hired by the Seneca Gaming Corp. to produce an economic report, misleads.
Taylor claims that studies commissioned by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission "concluded that economic benefits greatly exceed costs." In support of this claim, Taylor cites a study by Adam Rose.
However, Rose says in his executive summary: "This assessment does not factor in social costs of gambling, which are beyond the scope of this study . . ." (Adam Rose and Associates, "The Regional Economic Impacts of Casino Gambling," prepared for the study commission, Nov. 5, 1998.)
Taylor also cites a study by the National Opinion Research Council, a commercial group associated with the University of Chicago, and says that "the study found no discernible change in three measures of bankruptcy, seven measures of crime or in infant mortality" and that "casino proximity correlated with economic health."