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The expansion of legalized gambling: Should state and local governments take the chance?


2011 2011

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The economic crisis of the last three years has forced state and local governments to find new and appropriate ways to generate tax revenue and create new jobs. The legalization and expansion of gambling has been considered as a means to bridge budget deficits. But is it worth the risk?

The purpose of this thesis is to determine whether or not the expansion of gambling legalization is an appropriate means of generating tax revenue. After all, what is the proper role of government?

Those in favor of gambling legalization argue that it is a matter of personal choice. The fact that governments can benefit from this voluntary tax is merely an ancillary benefit of a harmless form of entertainment. Governments point to the staggering revenues generated from the industry in other states and wants the same for themselves.

Opponents point to the increase in criminal elements surrounding the gambling industry and the social costs of pathological gambling. Is this the sort of business the government should be involved in?

The study will include a close look at both the costs and benefits of state lotteries, casino gaming, sports wagering and the racetracks. It will examine the impulse control disorder known as pathological gambling and weigh its effects on individuals and their families while considering the argument for personal responsibility.

In conclusion, it is my opinion that the widespread expansion of gambling creates too many risks and social costs that should preclude state and local governments from considering it as an appropriate form of tax revenue creation.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Public policy
Classification
0630: Public policy
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Casino gaming; Compulsive gambling; Legalized gambling; Lotteries; Sports wagering
Title
The expansion of legalized gambling: Should state and local governments take the chance?
Author
McMurtrie, William
Number of pages
86
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0076
Source
MAI 50/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124878942
Advisor
Reynolds, Terrence
University/institution
Georgetown University
Department
Liberal Studies
University location
United States -- District of Columbia
Degree
M.A.L.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1499633
ProQuest document ID
896126601
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/896126601
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