It's a moot point now, but I think Jim D is exactly right here.
Permitting gambling in some places, but not others, is going to (and right ought to) unleash a torrent of "me too"-ism from cities and counties left out of the rain.
I can see arguments for wanting to limit where slot machines can be installed, but I can't see why the boundary has to be at racetracks. If slots were going to be the gold mine that their proponents claimed, I don't agree that only one small group of businesses should be the beneficiaries. And even if I was convinced that the only-at-racetracks idea was the best one, I'm very much not convinced that the pressure to extend this manna to the have-nots would be resistable for long by the Lege. I suppose it's just as well that we won't be finding out any time soon.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 04, 2004 to The great state of Texas | TrackBack