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What is Video Lottery really costing us?

After hearing about the recent property tax increase for Minnehaha county (due to an uptick in prosecutions) I’m starting to think it is time for our public universities to do a study on what video lottery is costing taxpayers due to the crimes related to it;

Investigators say Denae Baustian stole more than $170,000 from the department.  In a Lincoln County Courtroom Tuesday it was revealed that she used an ATM card to take money from department accounts which she then used to play video lottery.

I have argued for years that VL is probably costing us more then what we get out of it due to the crime surrounding the venture (embezzlement, robberies, divorces, incarceration, etc, etc.)

Isn’t it time to end this ‘experiment’ that has only been good for the machine owners and not the taxpayers?

What did SF City Hall do to piss off the SD Supreme Court?

Oh, that’s right, they continue to wipe there ass with the US and State constitutions;

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The South Dakota Supreme Court says the city of Sioux Falls exceeded its authority when it enacted a zoning ordinance controlling the location of businesses seeking to place video lottery machines in their establishments.

The justices agreed with a lower court ruling that regulation of video lottery is a state function to the exclusion of municipal regulation.  Casino owner Rick Law sued the city after it sought to regulate where he could open new casinos.

The justices in their decision said municipalities are not given the power to license video lottery establishments or otherwise control the location of such establishments.  But they said municipalities do have the power through zoning to control the location of alcoholic beverage establishments.

Agree or disagree with video lottery, doesn’t matter. The state controls the number of machines a business can have. When the council voted on this I knew they were barking up the wrong tree. I think Quen Be De Knudson said something like, “Bring on the court challenges.” Another genius move by De.

This is why funding state government with gambling revenue is a bad idea

One more reason why video lottery was a stupid idea to begin with;

For the first five months, the Sioux Falls area saw about a 15 percent decrease. But in June, when the new casino opened, the percentage dropped 22 percent to 26 percent.

Well, duh. It’s volatile just like sales taxes. When the economy is down, people spend less money (and rob more). I have often suggested that the state moves to an income tax structure and dumps video lottery and regressive sales taxes (on essentials). But we know who is in charge, don’t we, and that ain’t never gonna happen.

I like Cory’s twist on the concept.

We likes our SIN taxes in SD (H/T – Helga)

Well isn’t this funny.  All those pious right wingers and South Dakota leads in being a state that profits from sin. Can they say hypocrites???

From 24/7 Wall St.: As state budgets strain under huge debt loads, they are counting increasingly on “sin taxes”, one of the few reliable sources of revenue in these uncertain economic times. 

States have profited from the public’s voracious appetite for easy money (gambling), nicotine (smoking) and booze (alcohol) for years. Some are more successful at it than others. A few states generate less than 1% of their revenue from preying on their residents’ vices while sin accounts for between 5% and nearly 13% of the budgets of others. Some of the difference can be chalked up to varying rates of addiction, but aggressive tax policy also plays a part. Pennsylvania makes the greatest percent of its revenue from gaming taxes of any state. It charges a 55% tax on slot machine proceeds. Conversely, Las Vegas collects only 8%.

 

5. South Dakota
Most Profitable Sin: Lottery ($117 Million) 

Revenue From Sin: $212 Million (11th Lowest)

Total State Revenue: $3.8 Billion (The Lowest)

Percent Total Revenue From Sin: 5.63%

The National Association of State Budget Officers estimates that South Dakota collected less revenue than any state last year. That is why the state’s $212 million collected from “sin” is the fifth biggest percentage of government income in the country. The state collects the 19th most in gaming taxes in the U.S., although this is primarily because 29 states do not collect taxes on their casinos at all. The state’s biggest source of sin-based income is the South Dakota Lottery, which generated roughly $117 million in revenue last year. The state’s cigarette tax is $1.53 per pack, roughly triple that of North Dakota. The state’s alcohol taxes are also higher than most, at 27 cents per gallon of beer. According to the South Dakota newspaper The Capitol Journal, the state’s revenues from video lotteries actually dropped as much as 15% last year, possibly because of a smoking ban in casinos and bars which was enacted in November.

 


I have a better idea, let’s get rid of telephone booth VL casinos all together!

 

What a great way to spend taxpayer money, fighting a failed experiment called Video Lottery;

City Councilor Vernon Brown said the Supreme Court historically has given cities wide discretion on land-use issues. He expects the residents of Sioux Falls would like to see the matter appealed, calling it a public safety issue.

Wouldn’t spending taxdollars on getting rid of this stupid form of tax collection (which probably costs us more in social costs, as you point out . .

“I don’t think we want to locate the businesses that get the most armed robberies next to elementary schools,” he said.

be a better solution? While I agree with the judge that the state has the right to regulate VL casinos, I think all of these suits prove that VL is costing us more then helping us. It’s time to put it back on the ballot in 2012 and get rid of it once and for all.

Heck, even the VL casinos are questioning the constitutionality of the city

While I detest VL gambling and wish it would go away like a bad hangover, you do have to scratch your head when even casino owners are questioning the city’s constitutional right to limit and zone casinos;

A judge’s ruling is expected soon on the constitutionality of a 2008 Sioux Falls ordinance that makes much of the city off-limits to new video lottery machines.

Of course the city has a ‘vague’ argument;

Mark Arndt, hired to defend the city, pointed elsewhere in statute and case law. The state allows cities to enact zoning ordinances that promote the “health, safety or the general welfare of the community” when considering “the location and use of buildings,” he said. And the Supreme Court has deferred to local governments on zoning decisions.

“We defer to them because they know how to use their land,” Arndt said. “We get to set reasonable restrictions on where you can put a machine. We get to protect our schools and parks.”

So old people drinking bad coffee and crappy light beer while gambling are a threat to the safety of our schools and parks? I don’t think so. What Mark is talking about is the underlying problem with VL and why it really should just be outlawed. Casinos in SF get robbed – A lot. It’s kinda like building a fire in your living room to cook food. While there is nothing wrong with cooking food or building a fire, just like there is nothing wrong with a little gambling, there is always a risk that a casino could get robbed and your house could burn to the ground (no offense Angry Guy).

I’m just saying.

All of a sudden Sioux Falls is concerned about gambling addiction?

Maybe we shouldn’t have VL casino’s on every f’ing corner in this city?

Under Iowa law, the Lyon County Resort & Casino will contribute a portion of its profits to the state of Iowa to help gamblers who become addicted. Yet most of its customers will see no benefit from that contribution because they are not Iowans.

Well duh. So how much money do casinos in SD put into a treatment fund? You would think it would be a lot considering how much money the state and PRIVATE business owners generate from the industry. Think again;

The division has an annual budget of $244,000 for such services, which comes from $214,000 from the South Dakota Lottery and $30,000 from Deadwood gaming.

Wow! What a bargain for the pain they inflict. I have often said the biggest expense from VL is the cost to taxpayers from incarceration and conviction (robberies, bad checks, etc). But we like putting people in jail, it’s a big business in South Dakota, thanks to Billy Bob Janks.

There is also something else people don’t consider about a casino in Lyon county. It is an entertainment destination. And while most people will go there to gamble, there will be a host of other things to do (golfing, dining, concerts, etc.), unlike a VL casino. Last I checked if you are not playing a machine in a VL casino, there isn’t much else to do, except eat stale popcorn and drink fizzy American light beer out of a dixie cup.

Isn’t Video Lottery GREAT!

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I’ve been saying, once someone gets killed maybe we will all realize that this stupid experiment isn’t worth it;

With surveillance video rolling, a young man in plain clothes robbed a Sioux Falls casino at knife-point Wednesday night, forcing the 60-year-old clerk through the business by her neck.

 

The crime at Paradise Casino was the 21st business robbery of the year in the city, one shy of the total for all of last year. Video lottery casinos have accounted for about half of those.

Almost one a week! WOO-HOO! I have been kind of disappointed though, there hasn’t been one in my neighborhood for awhile. I love it when investigators yell at me and tell me to mind my own business.

Clemens encouraged casino managers to do what Paradise did: Lock the doors at night and leave it up to employees to let customers inside. He said similar strategies saved two casinos from being robbed earlier this year when would-be robbers showed up at locked doors.

Actually the first solution would be to install ATM’s in the casinos that dispense winnings from scanning a ticket so that the cashier doesn’t have access to large amounts of money. But the best solution would be to get rid of this stupid way of funding government, once and for all.

Drop it already!

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Defender of Video Lottery and Smokers

The ‘Sky is falling’ brothers Gene and Scott are at it again, causing problems where problems don’t exist;

Those plans (Iowa Casino) prompted South Dakota Sen. Scott Heidepriem, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Gene Abdallah to propose a constitutional amendment that would have allowed the Legislature to authorize full-scale casinos in South Dakota to counter operations in bordering states. The change required voter approval, but it never cleared the Legislature, dying in a House committee.

For good reason – it was an assanine idea! But it’s not stopping him from continuing to stir the pot;

 

Abdallah said he will speak with Heidepriem about drafting an opposition letter to the commission.

 

“If he’s willing to fight, I’ll fight,” Abdallah said.

Fight what?! Good paying jobs for Sioux Falls residents? More retail tax revenue from casino visitors shopping and eating in our fine city? Or the best benefit, some POS telephone booth casinos closing down? Is that what you are fighting?

Abdallah still maintains that the casino will hurt video lottery in Sioux Falls and Indian gaming in Flandreau,

Oh well. Why should Sioux Falls residents care about Indian casinos and lining the pockets of millionaire VL casino owners? May I suggest you buy them a box of tissues.

as well as create a potential safety hazard with more alcohol-related accidents caused by casino patrons.

Yeah, Gene, because nobody drives drunk in our city now . . .

It’s time to drop it already. The Casino will be built and it will be good for Sioux Falls.

It's time to get rid of this stupid experiment already

 

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Wanna screw up a nice neighborhood? Open a VL casino.

Video Lottery phone booth casino robberies may keep our cops busy (in between eating their free meals at the hospitals and McDonald’s parking lot breaks) but the social costs are starting to outweigh the revenue benefits. When are South Dakota lawmakers gonna wake up and realize this?

Robbers targeting video lottery businesses in Sioux Falls and across the state probably represent a cyclical problem and not a new concern in crime, law enforcement officials say.

Doesn’t that say it all right there? Should we wait until someone gets hurt or killed before we accept that this is an unacceptable way to fund government?

Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens doesn’t think the trend points to a rise in robberies or indicates that casinos have become more popular or vulnerable targets.

What?! Casino robberies have ALWAYS been a common occurrence in Sioux Falls, and the more casino’s, the more robberies. I have three, yeah, three within a block from my house, one literally in my neighbor’s backyard. Every summer, that one usually gets hit once a month. Their solution two years ago was to put flood lights on the place that are lit up until the casino closes at night. Before my neighbor put up his privacy fence, his backyard was lit up like a fireworks display. Some may say this is the best way to prevent crime (never mind that the rest of the neighborhood is pitch black for blocks and blocks). I have a better solution. Get rid of the casino.

Though no arrests have been made, a Sioux Falls Police SWAT team and investigators served a search warrant Thursday afternoon on a home near 11th Street and Van Eps Avenue.

Yeah, so now, not only do we have to put up with thieves running through our back yards we also have military vehicles driving around our neighborhoods and storming homes with machine guns. Nice.

Kay’s Casino, at 1506 W. 41st St., has been robbed twice this year. The first occurred Jan. 21 when two men, one armed with a pistol, entered the casino and demanded money.

Let’s face it, the only people making money off of VL is the people who own the casinos. The money the state takes in is probably quickly spent on imprisonment, court costs and law enforcement. There is also other costs involved with VL. Bankruptcy, suicide, embezzlement (leaving some kids father or motherless in turn putting them on Medicaid or Social Security). I think casinos should be fined every time they are robbed, $5,000 for endangering our community. I also think the casino should have to pay all the court costs involved with prosecuting the criminals. Obviously casino’s are not taking measures to keep the public and their employees safe, so it is time to put their money where their mouth is. There is also another enabler in this snafu, our state and local lawmakers. I will give kudos to city councilor Knudson for being a strong advocate of limiting video lottery in Sioux Falls and pushing to pass ordinances that challenge state law, it is good start. Sometimes the Quen Be gets it.

I don’t see anything positive about VL, and it is time to end this stupid f’ing experiment.