Casino gaming to be top issue in Georgia


State legislators across the country are once again “rolling the dice” on whether to support gaming in their respective states.

With the majority state legislative sessions beginning in January 2020, gaming industry officials and representatives are dreaming of Black Jack and sharpening their arguments as to why gaming is needed in states like Florida and Georgia.

A recent Public Opinion Strategies poll taken in Georgia of 600 likely voters shows that the overwhelming majority of Georgians support legislation that would allow voters to vote on casino-style gaming in the state.

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While there are opposing factions to gaming, the key issue that most Georgians support is that state legislators afford them the opportunity to decide for their own on whether or not to allow casino gaming in the Peach State.

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According to the poll, 78% of Republicans. 96% of Independents, and 89% of Democrats are in favor of gaming legislation.

In case you were just born under a political rock, or are not a tune to how politics works, these favorable polling numbers are golden.

Again, the issue is about having a choice to decide on the gaming issue.

Some 87% of Georgia voters want state legislators to allow them to decide on their own, and favor amending the state’s constitution to allow casino gaming.

Even the most religious of Georgians (80%) support a gaming measure, while only 20% oppose it.

But while there are a few that oppose the idea of bringing gaming to the state, the bottom line is the bottom line.

Gaming brings in huge financial windfalls for the cities and states that allow it to ‘play’ out.

Since 2014, the gaming industry in the U.S. has made a staggering economic impact on the national, state, and local economies, by bringing in $261.4 billion in business sales, not to mention employing 727,000 Americans.

Oh, and what about the $40.8 billion in overall taxes collected from gaming.

Rick Lackey, Chairman of Let Us Decide PAC echoes what the poll said about the potential economic boom gaming would bring to Georgia.

“The benefit of bringing gaming to Georgia, it will boost our economy, provide jobs and inject money into the HOPE Scholarship, healthcare,  as well as other needs across the State”  He continues, “Ultimately it boils down to allowing the voters to decide, and we think that’s only fair to Let Us Decide.”

Miami native and digital media expert. Political science and international relations geek. Former contributor at Times of Israel and founder of GOP TV Miami. Currently hosting video podcasts at VARA TV.