The officials of the American state of South Carolina have stated that there is a possibility of opening a new casino venue. Unlike most other states, South Carolina has been missing on gambling revenues in the recent past. It has yet to be determined whether the state will approve the construction of casinos.
Palmetto Forum for Gaming Studies (PFGS) has been looking forward to this project for quite some time.
Converse Chellis, former Treasure, and Assembly Member said that he has been looking forward to alternative methods of improving the state budget:
“As a former state representative, I understand how the legislative process works, and as state treasurer, I have seen the need for additional revenue streams. I’m not in favor of increasing the tax burden on our citizens. It’s time to be more creative.”
Chair of the Palmetto Forum for Gaming Studies, Jim Rex, added:
“Like everybody else in the state, I’ve also been hitting potholes for the last 15 years and I’ve seen our infrastructure and road needs not to be addressed. Most politicians don’t want to talk about raising taxes. So either we live with those inadequacies or we start getting creative about other ways to find other revenue streams.”
South Carolina has been a conservative state since 1976 and all the decisions made in the Governor’s house and Senate have been heavily influenced by the Republican Party.
Todd Rutherford, a Richland country representative, has stated that building new casino venues will have a positive impact on the state of South Carolina as a whole:
“We increased education spending 300 million dollars in the House budget last year. Some of that came from the lottery, but a lot of it came from general fund money. General fund money that needs to be spent on infrastructure, general fund money that needs to be spent on HIV/AIDS funding, and other needs that are out there that everybody would acknowledge that we have to spend money on. But again, it’s also about giving consumers a choice.”
It looks like that Republicans are not thrilled about this idea. Kirkman Finley, another representative of Richland Country stated:
“We’re creating the ability for people to lose money in ways that they probably shouldn’t anyway. Generating tax dollars is not a moral imperative to do other things that you wouldn’t normally do.”