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State workers rep says casinos would be boon for N.C.

Posted November 18, 2010
Updated November 19, 2010

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— The leader of a group representing state workers said Thursday that North Carolina should bet big on casinos as a way to create jobs and expand the tax base.

"That could be billions in revenue to the state of North Carolina," said Dana Cope, executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina.

The Eastern Band of the Cherokees has a casino on its tribal lands in the western North Carolina mountains, where people can gamble on slot machines and video poker machines.

Cope said the state could work with the Lumbee tribe to put casinos with gaming tables and dealers on its land in southeastern North Carolina.

"Look at what the Lumbees are doing and see if we can take aspects of what the Cherokees are doing in the western part of the state and try to replicate that in the eastern part of the state," he said.

Incoming Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger said he isn't ready to ante up on new casinos in the state.

"I'm not familiar at this point with whether there's any legal authority for the Native Americans in the Robeson County area to have casinos," said Berger, a Rockingham County Republican.

The governor has the authority to negotiate gaming deals with federally recognized Native American tribes, but Congress hasn't yet given the Lumbees full recognition.

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Cope said casinos could be a long-term solution to North Carolina's budget woes, but he also is interested in getting people thinking about immediate ways to address a state deficit that is projected to top $3 billion.

SEANC has created a website to solicit ideas from state employees and taxpayers on how the state can generate revenue, reduce spending and be more efficient. A list of ideas would then be forwarded to lawmakers.

"We outlined five or six options that would more than deal with the $3.2 billion budget deficit," Cope said.

Those ideas include privatizing the state-run liquor sales system, ending incentives to lure corporate expansions, reviewing every line item in the state's public and higher education budgets and issuing a moratorium on all private contracts and consultants.

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  • MakoII Nov 19, 2010

    The house has on average a 2% win on every hand.

    Blackjack can have a player advantage of 2% IF you count cards which some places change the cards on you (atlanta) but most kick you out or beat you up or kill you (in other countries)

    There are more advanced methods for getting up to 31 to 51% but it takes talent, training, and casino's now know about many of such techniques and employ detectives to protect them from you by spotting you and throwing you out globally.

    The house ALWAYS wins overall.

  • keneds Nov 19, 2010

    heard this BULL before when they said the lottery was a saving grace for the school system...how did that work out for us??

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 19, 2010

    Anybody who tells you how much they've won in the casinos neglect to tell you that they've lost more in the casino then they have ever won.

    The house never loses in the long run.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 19, 2010

    Look at North Carolina government's track record.

    They promised the profits from the lottery would go to the schools. Instead the profits from the lottery were used to offset money transferred from the schools and spent elsewhere.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 19, 2010

    You have a significantly better chance of getting struck by lightening than winning the jackpot in the casino.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 19, 2010

    The house always wins.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 19, 2010

    Those casinos in Las Vegas were built from the money that the casino's customers lost in the casino.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 19, 2010

    those who play the lottery and gamble don't understand statistics.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 19, 2010

    Gambling is legalized stealing from the taxpayers.

    Casinos and gambling are a regressive tax on the poor.

    Instead of proposing casinos and gambling they should be proposing ways to reduce government spending and waste.

    Tax increases aren't the idea either. Tax decreases are the answer to jumpstart the economy by reducing government spending and leaving more in the taxpayers pocket.

  • MakoII Nov 19, 2010

    There's no difference in organizing people for labor than there is in organizing people for government, business and church.

    To say "oh, you can't do it for labor" is as much an affront to freedom in America as saying you can't organize for the others.

    To the point where you hamper one, you strengthen others to where it can become abusive. Either way. Business way or Labor way or Government way or Church way, etc.

    It's a question of extent.

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