Tuesday, November 15, 2005

While Louisiana begs for help, Mississippi casinos get BIG tax breaks.

The tax breaks are part of Bush's proposed Gulf Opportunity Zone, which would create tax incentives, grants, and regulatory relief for working-class homeowners and small businesses. But the decision to include Mississippi's damaged casinos in the "GO Zone" boils the blood of anti-gambling activists. Traditionally, federal tax incentive plans have excluded casinos, along with tanning salons, massage parlors, and country clubs. Besides, say House conservatives, there is no need to offer enticements to an industry that is already rebuilding under its own steam and that didn't originally ask for help, although it's having second thoughts.
Hey, it's a disaster. If gambling can't cash in, you're helping the terrorists!

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