Bringing Las Vegas to North Carolina: Why Expanded Cherokee Gambling is Bad Public Policy
Expanded gambling within the Cherokee Casino may generate significant revenues and provide more jobs, but at what price? While it is possible to calculate significant portions of the damages caused to society by problem and pathological gamblers, it is impossible to accurately quantify all the injury addicted gamblers cause. Additionally, part of the revenue the casino would receive is money that would have been spent at local businesses or other tourist attractions around the State that do not cause any or nearly the amount of damages that can occur from gambling. North Carolina should not allow any expansion of gambling until all the negative consequences are understood, so that lawmakers can decide whether it is within the best interest of North Carolina as a whole, and not just the gambling industry or the Cherokee, to expand gambling within the State.