Headlines today say that the PA state police might have to cut back their 24 hour duties at the new slots casinos because of funding issues. My first thought was “Why are we providing state police if the gambling supporters told us that there’s no link to crime, right?”
Well, no. 1, they are wrong. Big time gambling does attract crime and corruption.
And no. 2, the real reason for the non-stop police presence is that the casino owners don’t want to get ripped off! (it’s true) They make a living off of taking customers’ money as fast as they can, but don’t want to lose a token’s worth of money from their coffers. And I hope reports are right that cops will eventually be paid out of casino’s pockets, not taxpayers’ budgets. Join the statewide group helping to fight against casinos coming to your neighborhood.