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It is crystal clear that the governor of Alabama wants to send a message to existing locations where gambling machines are being played. The machines are illegal, and Governor Riley wants them eliminated.
The task force that Riley has set up is working on what is apparently a “take no prisoners” approach to confiscating the machines. They raided another location on Friday and an attorney for the gambling center claims the machines were not even illegal.
“The governor is trying to drive home his point that he does not want gambling machines in Alabama,’ said observer Timothy Lewskin, “the problem is that some of the locations his task force is raiding are doing nothing outside of the law.”
A gaming center in White Hall, Alabama is the latest establishment to be raided. Authorities seized over 100 machines, but the attorney for the center is attempting to have them restored.
The attorney claims that under the law in the state, the machines the center were operating are legal. The task force, however, disagreed, and seized them. They also found large amounts of money at the gaming center.
“We seized currency in excess of $500,000, which as best we can determine was about three days’ proceeds,” said David Barber, the head of the gambling task force, “You get a feel from that just how big this business is.”
Ohio Casino Proposal Has Low Tax Rate Compared To Other States
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The state of Ohio has attempted unsuccessfully many times to get voters to approve casino gambling. Lawmakers are taking another shot at it and the proposal they are offering has a revenue tax rate that is low in comparison to other states.
The Ohio Jobs and Growth Plan is being proposed in light of the recession in the US. The plan would create jobs at a time when many people in Ohio are losing their employment. The tax rate for revenue from gambling, however, will only be thirty three percent.
“The decision (on the tax rate) was not based on what other states were doing, but rather what was fair for Ohio. Fairness was the biggest factor in coming up with this proposal,’ said spokesman for the plan, Bob Tenenbaum.”
The state of Maryland taxes casino revenue at the rate of a whopping sixty seven percent. Similarly, Pennsylvania has recently expanded their casino options and they are taxing revenue at fifty five percent.
The Ohio plan has an uphill battle already, with voters shooting down several proposals over the past decade. The low tax rate could be a potential killer for the plan this time around. “It’s not necessarily the plan I would have written, but I don’t have millions of dollars to push the plan I would have written. Let me say that I was more enamored of the Learn and Earn proposal than I am of this one,” said Senator Bill Seitz, who is a proponent of bringing casinos to Ohio.