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Better ways to create jobs than with casinos

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Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the two destinations on the continental United States that people from all over the world associate with when they think of destinations to go and gamble.

When people think of New York, they think Statue of Liberty and Times Square. Ask about upstate New York? Some people familiar with what upstate consists of may tell you about the mountains, wineries and a host of other locations.

People not so familiar with upstate would probably tell you there are plentiful amounts of both farms and snow. And in reality, besides Lake Placid and Niagara Falls, there isn’t much else that acts as a heavily sought after attraction or point of interest for either international or domestic tourism, New Yorkers included.

So why Proposition No. 1?

If not familiar with Proposition No. 1, it is a proposed amendment to the New York State Constitution to authorize the development of casinos with an aim to create jobs, allow for municipalities to lower property taxes and to increase school aid. In the short run, a number of locations throughout the state will see a decrease in their unemployment rates while at the same time seeing a positive jump in the amount of economic activity occurring. In the long run, construction will end up opening thousands of jobs for New Yorkers to work the casinos; property taxes will be lower; and even the Gap Elimination Adjustments will be reduced, maybe even eliminated.

But on the other end, there will also be thousands of New Yorkers working in unskilled labor positions. And if casinos aren’t successfully able to market to the tourism industry of New York, it will begin to look a little more local. Coincidentally, leading to a possible increase in the rate of those New Yorkers who have a gambling problem.

So why Proposition 1?

Why not look for something more? Why not expand on an investment that has already proven to be more than exceptionally successful?

Over the past decade, New York State has invested more than $1 billion in the tech industry, which in return has improved both the job sector and public/private investments in to New York State. And it is this type of skill-demanding industry that upstate needs for the betterment of both its economy and electorate.



Matthew McLarnon

Watertown

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