Crucial Conversation – When government promotes gambling: A budget solution or a state-sponsored exploitation?

Crucial Conversation – When government promotes gambling: A budget solution or a state-sponsored exploitation?

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“When government promotes gambling: A budget solution or state sponsored exploitation?”

North Carolina has never been known as a big state for gambling. We adopted a state-run lottery later than most and have been slow to embrace casinos and other forms of legalized games of chance. Video poker remains the subject of a hotly contested battle in the courts.

And yet the pressure is building. For several years now, corporate gambling interests have been ratcheting up their investments in North Carolina. Gambling money can be found in the campaign coffers of politicians of all stripes and gambling corporations are listed amongst the clients of several of the state’s top law and lobbying firms.
The goal of these investments is clear: Gambling corporations seek not just to eliminate government as an impediment to gambling but to make public institutions (from the Department of Revenue to the Department of Commerce to the Department of Public Instruction) full partners in their efforts.

Will it work? Is it just a matter of time until North Carolina follows the road traveled by so many other states? Should we care? Is the expansion of gambling something to be resisted or just a lost cause of which we should simply make the best?

Please join us for an NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon at which we will tackle these questions and many more with two very special experts: Les Bernal and Prof. Charles Clotfelter.

Les Bernal (pictured left) is the Executive Director of Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to end government’s failed policy of predatory gambling.

Charles Clotfelter (pictured right) is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University, where he has taught since 1979. He is also director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism at Duke and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His major research interests are in the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, public finance and tax policy.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from these knowledgeable people on this critically important matter.

When: Tuesday March 27 – Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m. and the program will start at 12:00 noon.

Where: Marbles Kids Museum 210 E. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh. Click here for directions and information about convenient parking options.

Cost: $10 – includes a box lunch. Space is limited – pre-registration required.

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Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or