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Scott calls casino bill the 'lobbyist full employment act'

Asked about a bill that would allow three resort casinos to operate in south Florida, Gov. Rick Scott joked that it's the "lobbyist full employment act."

Scott is not opposed to increasing gambling up to a point. "I don't want to make this state so dependent on gaming that we balance our budget just on gaming," he said show on "The Morning Show with Preston Scott, a Tallahassee radio program on 100.7 WFLA.

He did say it would be unfair for casinos to pay a lower tax rate than pari-mutuels with slot machine licenses in South Florida. The proposal would give new casinos a 10 percent tax rate while pari-mutuels currently pay a 35 percent rate.

"It's hard to rectify, isn't it?" Scott said. "It seems like everybody ought to have the same tax rates. It wouldn't be fair to allow in new casinos at a different tax rate that what the parimutuels are paying."

The governor also said cities and counties should be able to decide whether they want gaming.

"Some communities aren't going to it. It doesn't appear that Orlando is going to do it want to have anything close to gaming. I think we ought to be very cautious," Scott said.


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Robert Jenkins

Did Rick Scott actually say; "Everyone should pay the same tax rate"? Wow, there goes his millionares support.


Balance the budget on gaming or state workers?

Geronimo Schmidt

Rare the oportunity that I would agree with Rick Scott. i think 10% is too low of a tax on gambling and 35% is too high.
How about 20%, no exclusivity to anybody and let the individual counties determine if the want gambling or not


WARNING: You are going to get a really BIG surprise if Miami or South Florida gets those BIG casinos in the Destination Resort Bill.

I was actually in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City, NJ working for the casinos during the 1970's when the Las Vegas casino executives and the New Jersey politicians & New Jersey gaming commission made a lot of BIG "promises" to the people in New Jersey and Atlantic City about improving their economy and housing.

Guess what ? There is still high unemployment and slums in Atlantic City today ( 35+ years later ) while those million dollar casinos are making a lot of money. Please do not make the same mistake in Miami or South Florida !

Please contact all your public government officials and tell them to vote NO against these BIG casinos !



Thank you !!

P.S. I won’t comment on Governor Scott … I’ll just keep this comment specifically related to the BIG casinos in the Destination Resort Bill.

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