Say Yes to New Hampshire. Say NO to Casinos.
The Economic & Social Cost of Casinos
1. Regional casino markets are saturated. New Hampshire’s market is too small to support a destination resort casino.
2. A Casino monopoly would cannibalize existing NH businesses.
3. Including casino license money to fill a state budget hole is a recipe for budget chaos.
4. Physical casinos are now a declining industry. Casino market saturation is causing sharp state revenue drops.
5. Casino economic costs exceed tax revenues.
6. The slot casino tax is a large tax on consumer spending.
7. Casinos would damage New Hampshire’s healthy, family-friendly brand.
8. Casino wages are low. The local cost of a casino exceeds any revenue or benefits to its host and surrounding communities.
9. The gambling lobby’s tax revenue promises cannot be trusted.
Political and Legal Damage
10. Gambling cannot be “limited.” One casino will lead to more.
11. Legalization is irreversible.
12. A slot casino will kill existing charity gambling.
13. Letting big gambling in means political influence, then dominance.
14. Letting big gambling in means political dominance, then corruption.
15. Every casino bill gives an unconstitutional monopoly to a politically-connected entity.
16. The litigation risk makes budget chaos probable.
17. Labor should not trust gambling industry promises.
18. A casino of any type will open the tribal casino loophole.
19. Don’t trust phone polls. Most people don’t gamble and never will.
Addiction, Crime, and Public Health Damage
20. Serious crimes such as rape, robbery, and violent assault increase by 10 percent.
21. Gambling addiction will double in host and surrounding communities.
22. Gambling addiction treatment does not repair the harm gambling causes.
23. Slot machines are several times more addictive than present forms of NH gambling.
24. One-in-eight New Hampshire residents will be harmed.
25. Expanding gambling will harm New Hampshire children.
26. Slot casinos are linked to increased rates of suicide and suicide attempts.
27. Slots are electronic loaded dice: a deceptive consumer product specifically designed to deceive and addict.
28. Slot casino taxes are highly regressive.
29. Slot casinos degrade social capital and quality of life.
30. Senior Gambling Addiction Rates are Soaring in America