NY casinos want to loan money to gamblers

Friday, June 16, 2017
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Burning moneyLawmakers on both sides of the aisle are bowing to gambling interests and victimizing people as a result, says an expert on the industry.

So far, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has fought off a bill before the New York State Assembly that would allow casinos to loan money to customers to gamble away when they have exhausted their funds. The bill would also allow casinos to cash customer checks - but only if the money will be spent gambling.

Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling says he's familiar with the practice.

“This is literally the prime example of how much of our system is rigged against everyday people,” Bernal tells OneNewsNow. “And it's absolutely an outrageous practice endorsed by state governments - not just in New York, but really in many states across the country.”

It's essentially a matter of extracting wealth from people for the benefit of wealthy casino owners, he says, also arguing that the objective of legislators considering the proposals isn’t to improve the lives of its residents.

“The legislators that promote and endorse casinos are working for these very powerful gambling interests against the common good,” he further says. “And it can cross all parties. These legislators come from both parties who are pushing this. It is a symbol of how some of these guys are really working against the best interests of the people.”

Bernal’s experience tells him that people can make a difference by opposing it, being engaged, and working against the transfer of wealth from people to the casino corporate elite.

 

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Why do you suspect LGBT activists mocked 'slippery slope' warning about marriage? (Choose all that apply)

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Military heads want transgender enlistment hold
5 GOP senators now oppose health bill ... enough to sink it
40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities
London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns
Utah evacuees watched flames draw closer, smoke get thicker
Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe
Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care
Military leaders seek delay in transgender enlistment

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Washington Post confirms: Trump right on Russian election tampering
Caught on tape: Dem official says he's 'glad' Scalise got shot
Dem congressman: Let's face it, in some parts of the country– Pelosi is more toxic Trump
Senate Obamacare repeal draft includes Planned Parenthood defunding, pro-life language
Ferguson's Michael Brown to get Hollywood treatment

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Pence praises FOTF on 40th anniv., lifts up life

Mike Pence w/ admirersFocus on the Family celebrated its 40th anniversary today at a special gathering in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the Christian ministry received some significant praise from a very high-ranking guest.