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NYPIRG Takes Issue With Casino Bill Wording

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The New York Public Interest Research Group says the wording of a referendum appearing on the November ballot asking voters to allow development of seven new casinos in areas outside of New York City has ‘more spin than a roulette wheel.’

Good-government advocates say the referendum promises to lower taxes, create more jobs and give more money to education but does not mention that some researchers don’t agree with those claims. Some political science experts say there also is no mention that some casinos in the Northeast are seeing a drop off in business and that there are possible problems with an increase in gambling addictions and crime.

Officials say the wording appears designed to influence residents into voting ‘yes’ to the developments.

New casinos are proposed for the Southern Tier and other areas including the Capitol District and the Adirondacks.

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