Financing Vikings’ stadium by exploiting the mentally ill?
I’m not sure why it is that the state government needs to support a private enterprise that has annual earnings in the billions, but that seems to be the case with NFL teams when it comes time to build new stadiums.
To make matters even worse, our state legislators seem to think they can generate the revenue needed to help build the new Viking’s Stadium from legalized gambling. Hmm.
I found this info on the internet:
- In Louisiana, four years after the state legalized casinos and slots, a study
found that seven percent of adults had become addicted to gambling.
- In Iowa, the legalization of casinos more than tripled the addiction dilemma.
A study found that 5.4% of the state’s adults are lifetime problem gamblers. Before riverboats came to the state, 1.7% of Iowans fell into this category.
- Since casinos came to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, domestic violence has
increased 69% and an estimated 37% of all pathological gamblers have abused
- In Minnesota, as 16 Indian casinos opened across the state, the number of Gamblers
Anonymous groups shot up for one to 49.
You would think when an industry is literally exploiting the mentally ill for profit, one
might expect the government to intervene. That doesn’t seem to be the case. Our state government has actually become addicted to taking the money that addicted gamblers lose. Quite an irony.
L.A. Vikings – maybe that’s the best thing that could happen to this state.!?!