Financing your government on vice is sleazy. What will they do when this does not work? Legalize drugs and prostitution for tax purposes?
I respect your opinion.
I just want to put something out there for everyone to consider.
Taxes discourage activity.
Would you rather tax income, and property (positive economic indicators) or consumption particularly of Tobacco, alcohol, etc...
Obviously you have to draw a line somewhere and say that activities are not only to be discouraged but are totally unacceptable and should be made illeagal.
But taxing income discourages production. (I've turned down offers for sidework because my after-tax income made the retunr not worth the effort.)
Taxing alocohol, tobacco, consumption of petroleum, etc... discourages their use and increases revenue.
Personally I'm for the Leagalization of marijuana (No, I haven't used it in 17 years), but against the legalization of other drugs etc...
I sort of sit on the fence when it comes to gambling, I want to be able to have it as an option for recreational purposes, but NIMBY. (I know, I know)... I won't even tell you my views on prostitution (But I will say that the Mustang ranch seems to be doing quite well in Nevada and there haven't been any health issues. - more than I can say for the illeagal trade down on Liberty avenue.)
I do share your sentiment that I don't think slots are the answer in PA, and I think the estimates are all inflated. Once it comes in, it will never leave, even if it's a complete bust.
I'm happy that Pittsburgh was only granted one license. I hope it stays that way.