South Padre Island Could See Casino Style Gambling
POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 8:28am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 7:48pm
South Padre Island could get a billion dollar resort dedicated to casino style gambling if a measure in Austin passes the Legislature and voters approve it on a referendum.
A committee looked into more than a dozen and a half proposals for gambling in Texas on Tuesday. Similar gambling ideas have been shot down by lawmakers for years, but this is a year of budget problems for the state, so gambling interests are pushing the idea again, saying it could add more than a billion dollars a year to the state's budget needs.
Some proposals only add slot machines at existing race tracks, but the big proposal is for eight full fledged casinos around Texas, including South Padre. Christian and conservative groups are in opposition, saying the people who should not gamble are the most likely to do it.