GAMBLING COULD BE KEY
by Carolyn Barta    Wed, Oct 19, 2005, 11:42 AM

226177-192207-thumbnail.jpgCall it the "Aha!" factor.

Tucked away on the jump of the Laura Miller/Ray Hunt story in the DMN today is this note: If Reunion Arena stays under city control (as Mayor Miller would like), it could become a cash-cow casino someday if the Texas Legislature ever legalizes gambling.

So this is what her objection to the land swap is all about!

Miller opposes the land swap -- giving Hunt Reunion Arena for his parking lot -- because she envisions more than just an "entertainment center" in that area. She sees the possibility of turning Reunion Arena into a real live casino. If only the Legislature would cooperate, of course.

Conservative Republican legislators fought off efforts in the last legislative session to bring up casino gambling. But how long can they hold it off? With growing demands for more funding for public schools, if and when Robin Hood is overturned, will they be forced to cave in to the prospects of new revenue from gambling casinos -- to avoid other new taxes?

Wouldn't Mayor Miller love to say: "I told you so."

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