Lewis Diuguid

Casinos benefit Missouri, Kansas with needed dollars, but take from everyday people

Missouri’s 13 casinos may have pumped more than $3.4 billion into the state’s economy last year, but they also took billions of dollars out of gamblers’ pockets.

The American Gaming Association credits the casinos with helping the state’s economy. But the money also serves as a regressive tax on everyday folks who willingly leave it at the casinos gambling at various games in their hopes and dreams of hitting it big.

Kansas’ three big casinos dumped $673 million into that state’s economy, The Kansas City Star reports. Again, the money comes from average folks hoping to win.

Casinos are the winners. States are the winner. Everyday folks — who will fight any tax increase for needed services — continue to lose.