May 14, 2018 | Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling released the following statement following this morning’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the federal law preventing states from sanctioning and promoting sports gambling:
While today’s Court’s ruling centered on questions involving states’ rights, Americans lost over $117 billion on state-sanctioned gambling in 2016, with life-changing financial losses for millions of citizens vulnerable to addiction.
“All men and women in our state deserve a fair opportunity to build the best life possible for themselves and their families.”
While we respect each individual’s right to choose whether to gamble, we do not support our government’s promotion of gambling activities, legal or not. CCACG does support, however, the amendment in RI Constitution that specifically allows each community to decide whether or not they want a casino in their town.
CCACG’s goal was accomplished again in 2014 when Newporters were allowed to vote and choose whether or not they wanted a casino in their community, and they did not. Subsequently, we also supported Tiverton’s right to decide for themselves whether to host a casino within their own community.
After 40 years of expansion efforts, Newporters are keenly aware that all casino revenue inevitably declines over time as the most vulnerable, and most profitable, gamblers become financially drained. As revenues predictably declined at Newport Grand, our state leaders decided yet more revenue was needed. So they expanded it again, first to table gaming in Tiverton, and now today we see new legislation focused on sports wagering in the RI Statehouse.
While we support reducing illegal gambling activities, we feel an already serious national problem is made worse when the government is allowed to operate and advertise sports betting.
CCACG feels state-sanctioned gambling is a relic of past failures of political leadership. The ubiquity of gambling directly contributes to the increasing lack of mobility out of poverty that traps so many. With stronger, visionary leaders from both political parties, we hope one day to ultimately phase out state-sanctioned gambling, so we don’t have to rely upon our neighbors’ losses to fund our government.
Supreme Court Overturns Law Banning Sports Betting Across U.S.
The Supreme Court overturned a 1992 law that prohibited states from allowing gambling on sports. https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2018-05-14/supreme-court-overturns-law-banning-sports-betting-across-us