Letter: The New Hampshire way
Gov. Maggie Hassan was transparent but underhanded when she proposed a budget that depended on revenue from a casino before it was authorized and an agreement made with a developer who is willing to build and run it.
The establishment of a casino would be consistent with the way we do things in New Hampshire, which is to get others, including the disadvantaged, to pay for as many of our government services as possible.
We position our state liquor stores in places designed to attract the maximum number of out-of-state customers seeking to avoid paying taxes to their own state. We shield the income of high-income, politically powerful citizens by not having an income tax, and we shift the tax burden to homeowners, forcing some from their homes due to excessive property taxes.
As for the lottery, the well-to-do don’t spend much on lottery tickets.
But if you’re in debt with bill collectors after you all the time, then the $20 you spend on the lottery isn’t so much a chance to be a big winner as it is a last gasp attempt at economic survival. Winning turns off the bill collectors. Of course, that seldom happens; usually the ticket buyer is just another $20 further behind in paying his or her debts. A casino is designed to be even more tempting to those who can’t afford to gamble in the first place.
Is this who we are?
JOHN V. KJELLMAN