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Reasons for Opposing a Casino
 

Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County

To inform and empower the public to prevent a casino in Erie County.

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Reasons for Opposing a Casino

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  1. It's bad for the entertainment businesses.

  2. We lose city and county taxable land. Also the State and the Federal government lose income taxes on whatever business would have been in those locations, and all three levels of government below Federal lose sales tax revenue.

  3. We, the voters, don't get a say.

  4. We, the voters don't get control; we just get the bills.

  5. The number of people we will have to provide counseling for addiction will greatly increase. We will experience increases in alcoholism, bankruptcy, divorce, spousal abuse, divorce, suicide, and crime. The victims will have their own victims, in a perverse multiplier effect.

  6. The Governor's own State study said casinos are bad for urban areas.

  7. Buffalo's casino will have to compete with Niagara Falls, Ont.'s casino and Niagara Falls, NY's casino.

  8. The profits will all go outside the community, either to the Seneca Nation or to the developer. Only the tax amount of 25% will stay in the state and only 6% (a part of the 25%) will stay in Buffalo.

  9. A sovereign nation would be in downtown Buffalo. Any complaints with what is going on would now be entreaties to a foreign nation, rather than a normal administrative, civil, or criminal procedure.


 

 

Our Next Meeting


T
uesday, August 3, 2010
7:00 pm
Unity Church
1243 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY
(lower level—enter from rear of building)

Leaders Go on Record Against Casino Blight

This area desperately needs an economic development strategy. Nobody disputes that. But let's be smart about it, not desperate. Let's be thoughtful and strategic, not careless. Simply put, another Wal-mart in the suburbs and a casino near the projects is NOT a sound economic development strategy.

– Hon. Maria R. Whyte, Majority Leader, Erie County Legislature

Common sense dictates that the gambling operators are the greatest threat to Indian sovereignty.

– the late John C. Mohawk, Iroquois scholar and activist from "Sovereignty and Common Sense," (with Oren Lyons), taken from "Akwesasne Notes," Vol. 22, No. 1 (Late Spring 1990, online at http://www.cwis.org/fwdp/Americas/gamble.txt)