Gaming industry paid $38 billion in taxes

Opponents say costs outweigh benefits

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As we get closer to finding out whether casinos will break ground in Massachusetts, a new report looks at how much tax revenue they can potentially generate.

The gambling industry paid out $38 billion in federal, state, and local taxes across the country last year, according to the American Gaming Association; an industry trade group.

Opponents of expanded gaming, however, say that casinos will end up creating more crime and will put greater demands on roads and bridges; taking up government resources.

One western Massachusetts voter told 22News that despite the cons that may come with a casino, some of that tax money could really benefit the region.

“A casino generates a lot of money,” Timothy Moses of West Springfield said. “I think it’s better for the community because there will be more jobs, and people will be doing less crime. They won’t be unemployed or on welfare or struggling.”

Multiple casinos have closed in Atlantic City, New Jersey over the past year, leaving thousands out of work. But Gaming expansion in Maryland and Pennsylvania has continued to thrive.

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