A rally of community leaders and business representatives who oppose a package of initiatives that would allow casino gambling in Nebraska argued Friday that the proposal would be “bad for families, bad for business, bad. for Nebraska ”.
The results would lead to gambling addiction and life-changing gambling losses in Nebraska, a range of speakers said at a press conference hosted by Pat Loontjer of Omaha, executive director of Gambling with the Good Life.
The three-part proposal that will appear on the November 3 general election ballot would allow casino gaming at Nebraska racetracks, but also pave the way for online sports betting and casino expansion across the country. State, warned opponents.
“Virtually all churches oppose the proposal,” Loontjer said, acknowledging its impact on families and communities.
“It takes money from a community,” said John Dittman, Chairman and CEO of Cornhusker Bank.
While supporters argue that Nebraskans already gamble at casinos beyond state borders, particularly in Council Bluffs, Iowa, John Baylor has warned of the impact of the spread of casinos in across the state, suggesting that “if you live near a casino, you play more”.
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Baylor is president of On to College, an organization that seeks to help students pursue college education with minimal debt.