The following represent a few of the many overwhelming facts regarding the negative impact of a casino on a host community:
The National Gambling Impact Study Commission after intense research on the issues of gambling, unanimously declared a moratorium against gambling expansion in the United States
Bankruptcy rates average approximately 18% higher in casino communities.
Local business, especially restaurants, will show a significant decrease in sales.
Gambling addictions will increase by approximately 10% within a 50 mile radius of casinos.
Social costs of gambling consume at least $3 for every $1 generated by a casino.
The average cost to society for each compulsive gambler is $13,000 – $52,000.
Compulsive gamblers engage in 1.3 billion dollars worth of insurance fraud per year.
The following quote from Donald Trump is indicative of the reality of casino gambling in a community.
“People will spend a tremendous amount of money at the casinos, money that they would normally spend on buying a refrigerator or a new car. Local businesses will suffer because they will lose customer dollars to the casino.”