STATEHOUSE - Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) met today with opponents of the expansion of gambling to northeastern Indiana.
Her meeting was with Casi-no!, a nonpartisan coalition concerned about the gaming industry compromising the quality of life in Fort Wayne. The group came to the Statehouse to lobbying against gambling in the Fort Wayne metro area.
"The social cost of a casino on a community greatly outweighs the revenue a casino can take in," Rep. Pond said. "I have never supported casinos in northeastern Indiana, nor do I plan to."
About 55 coalition members met with Rep. Pond in the House chamber and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) in the Senate. Coalition member John Popp, president of Aunt Millie's Bread, testified before the state budget conference committee.
"There are great moral and ethical obligations to consider when thinking about allowing casinos to develop," said Rep. Pond. "Along with casinos comes an increase in crime, drugs, suicide and bankruptcies. Life is hard enough for Hoosiers, so why complicate it even more with gambling? That is not a rational and reasonable solution to any problem."