Casino Referendum to Take Place in New York State
Voters in New York State often complain that they have never been given the chance to express their opinion on legalising casino gambling. The reason for this is that state lawmakers have been debating the issue for decades and twice have failed to pass the measure as required under the State Constitution.
At last a referendum is in place for the November election and the item is the first to appear on the list above the candidate lines.
However, critics are claiming that the ballot is written in a way that puts a positive spin on the issue.
It seems that the wording has been designed to produce a yes vote; it reads that casino gambling will result in “promoting job growth, increasing aid to education and enabling local governments to lower property taxes.”
As Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Resarch Group says, “If you’re going to have the benefits written in [the ballot], you should have the minuses too, including gambling addiction. I don’t know if that violates the letter of spirit of the law, but it’s heavily one-sided.”
If passed, the ballot will give the legislature the ability to authorise up to seven casinos in New York State.