Gov. Rendell is using grossly inflated and misleading numbers to push casino slot parlors into neighborhoods. Industry studies never looked at the costs of casinos, only their benefits. We deserve the truth.
What are hidden costs?
Gambling brings about severe economic costs, even to those who never set foot in a casino. Those hidden costs to the city include the costs for policing, social service agencies to assist addicts, and prosecuting the rise of crime.
Further, casino slot parlors are being given special treatment by the government, such as exemptions allowing them to serve free drinks all days and all hours. Their introduction will cannibalize millions of dollars from the local economy — another hidden cost.
How much are the costs?
Gov. Rendell never calculated these costs or even explored them. Independent research verifies that his claims of the benefits cannot be trusted. His own financial watchdog agency said the …