Gambling in Texas?
POSTED: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 3:06pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 1:02pm
EL PASO - Texans gamble, but not in their own state.
"$4 billion to surrounding states on casino gaming. That is $4 billion that has a one way ticket out of Texas and it's paying for roads and classrooms and other government programs in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana," Dunaway said.
The Scott Dunaway from the Texas Gaming Association says this money could help our students.
"The dollars raised from gaming revenue at those facilities would go to fund the Texas Grant Program which is a scholarship program for Texas students and the property tax relief fund," Dunaway said.
Pat Carlson from the Texas Eagle Forum, a conservative pro-family organization, doesn't believe that.
"That they would mention education is a joke. Look at the lottery and what a failure it's been. Two years ago the lottery paid for 14 days of school last year it paid for three days of school," Carlson said.
Unlike most cities in Texas, El Pasoans can drive a couple of minutes to a casino. We talked to Texans gambling in Sunland Park like Benny Montalbano and unsurprisingly, they like the idea.
"Well, it'd be close and convenient and Texas would get some money," Montalbano said.
Benny says he thinks most of the gamblers he shares the room with are from the lone star state.
"Probably 90 percent," Montalbano said.
Senator Jose Rodriguez says, "Given our current fiscal crisis, it would be irresponsible to not consider the expansion of gambling."