Terre Haute residents split on casino

Terre Haute residents split on casino


BEFORE IT’S HEARD IN
COMMITTEE IN THE INDIANA
STATEHOUSE .. RESIDENTS CAME
PREPARED WITH CONCERNS AT THIS
MORNING’S CRACKERBARREL
SESSION. NEWS 10’S KILEY THOMAS
WAS
THERE TO ASK LAWMAKERS ABOUT THE
CHANCES OF A
CASINO BECOMING A REALITY.
“I SEE IT AS A VERY POSITIVE
THING, I THINK WE SHOULD GET A
CASINO” THE WAY WILLIAM MOULTON
VIEWS IT – IS A CASINO IS
THE FIRST STEP TO BRINGING IN
BIGGER BUSINESS TO TERRE HAUTE.
“TO ME, IT’S JUST AN INCREASE,
ANOTHER WAY TO DRAW PEOPLE TO
OUR COMMUNITY. WHICH INCREASES
EVERYBODY – FOOD VENDORS,
HOTELS, SHOPPING CENTERS” OTHER
SUPPORTERS OF
THE BILL INCLUDE CITY COUNCIL..
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERECE AND
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. ACCORDING
TO THE INDIANA
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.. VIGO
COUNTY AND ITS NEIGHBORING
COUNTIES MAKE UP THE ONLY REGION
WITH AN UNEMPLOYMENT
RATE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT
THAN THE NATIONAL
AVERAGE. THE TERRE HAUTE AREA
SITS AT A “FIVE PERCENT”
UNEPLOYMENT RATE WHILE THE U-S
LIES AROUND “FOUR AND A HALF
PERCENT”. “WE’LL HAVE MORE
PEOPLE WORKING. MORE PEOPLE
WORKING MEANS MORE TAXES AND
MORE MONEY GENERATED INTO
THE COMMUNITY.” “THERE ARE OTHER
WAYS OF SUCCEEDING
THAN THE CASINO” BUT MANY
RESIDENTS ARE ON BOARD
WITH REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE
BORDER’S OUTLOOK. “I
UNDERSTAND IT’S MY CHOICE TO
WALK INTO A CASINO BUT IT’S
NOT REALLY MY CHOICE TO GET
ADDICTED TO IT, BUT WE KNOW
THAT SLOT MACHINES ARE DESIGNED
TO KEEP YOU COMING
BACK.” “WE’RE ACTING AS IF THE
CASINO DOESN’T COME THERE
AREN’T ANY OTHER JOBS AVAILABLE
BUT MY ARGUMENT IS
THAT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE” BORDERS
ENCOURAGES
RESIDENTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
EDUCATION LIKE IVY TECH OR
OTHER COLLEGES IN THE CITY. HE
SAYS THAT WAY COMMUNITY
MEMBERS CAN MEET THE JOB
REQUIREMENTS OF OPEN
POSITIONS. “I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S
REALLY GOING TO GET
OUT OF THE SENATE BUT TIME WILL
TELL” BUT WHEN MOULTON
ASKED HOW LIKELY THE PROJECT
IS.. MANY
REPRESENTATIVES TOLD HIM THEY’RE
DOUBTFUL THE CASINO WILL GET
APPROVED. “CHANCES ARE NOT VERY
GOOD IT’S GOING TO
COME OUT OF THE LEGISLATURE IN
THIS SESSION” LEAVING PLANS
FOR A CASINO UP FOR A GAMBLE. IN
TERRE HAUTE.. KILEY THOMAS
NEWS 10.
SENATE BILL “354”.. OTHERWISE
KNOWN AS THE
TERRE HAUTE CASINO BILL WILL BE
HEARD IN A SENATE
COMMITTEE THIS WEDNESDAY.

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