A new poll shows the non-binding casino gambling question on Tuesday’s GOP ballot in trouble.
Fifty-three percent of the 625 local voters surveyed say they are against expanding gambling to allow “video-style slot machines.” Forty percent said they support adding the devices, while the rest were undecided.
It seems my county of Gwinnett is in the middle of a lot of things lately, including the push for casino gambling.
Developer Dan O’Leary wants to build a $1 billion gambling resort in Gwinnett that could pump $350 million each year into the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship program. And the lottery board, facing pressure to boost sales, voted this month to make Georgia one of the first states to expand lottery sales to the Internet.
Dealing with the terms of the HOPE scholarship is an issue we’ll be dealing with for quite a while. The rising cost of college education should be the major part of that discussion. Using HOPE as a hammer to beak down Georgian’s opposition to casino gambling should be rejected. It looks like it will be.