False Hopes of Economic Boom
The “Why Casinos Matter” report examines the economic impact of casinos on communities, which are often “sold” on the casino by the promise of economic gain. “The benefits of casinos are short-term and easy to measure while many of their costs are longer-term and harder to measure,” the report states.
“Evidence suggests that the opening of a new regional casino may offer an economic stimulus to distressed communities, but the stimulus fades over time, as the presence of a casino drives out established local businesses and attracts other gambling-linked businesses, such as payday lenders, pawn shops, auto title lenders, and check cashing stores.”
~ “Why Casinos Matter: 31 Propositions From the Health and Social Sciences,” was released on September 17 2013 by the Council on Casinos, an independent group of scholars and public policy experts. Unlike other U.S. gambling studies, which are primarily funded by the gambling industry, the “Why Casinos Matter” report “relied primarily on independent research … not funded or controlled by the gambling industry.”
Polls show that most Americans assume an association between gambling and increased criminal activity. The gambling industry offers hearty denials and various statistical manipulations attempting to counter this perception. Data from gambling communities across the country, however, indicates that gambling does indeed foster a significant increase in crime.
Increased Gambling Addiction & Negative Social Impact
Propositions number 3 through 14 in 'Why Casinos Matter"
3. The new American casino is primarily a facility filled with modern slot machines.
4. A modern slot machine is a sophisticated computer, engineered to create fast, continuous, and repeat betting.
5. Modern slot machines are carefully designed to ensure that the longer you play, the more you lose.
6. Modern slot machines are highly addictive.
7. Modern slot machines are engineered to make players lose track of time and money.
8. Casinos depend on problem gamblers for their revenue base.
9. Living close to a casino increases the chance of becoming a problem gambler.
10. Problem gambling is more widespread than many casino industry leaders claim.
11. Problem gambling affects families and communities as well as individuals.
12. Young people are viewed as the future of casino gambling.
13. Working in a casino appears to increase workers’ chances of having gambling problems.
14. Working in a casino appears to increase workers’ chances of having health problems.