In a letter to Reid and House Speaker John Boehner, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch warned “Federalizing Internet gaming would put at risk the $70 million a year that New Hampshire generates from its state lottery,” which goes “directly toward supporting public education at the local level.” Governor Lynch further noted, “The lottery also provides $14 million a year in direct revenue to New Hampshire small businesses.”
Idaho Governor Butch Otter also warned in a letter to Congresswoman Mary Bono, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, “The states have extensive experience in the gaming arena. Accordingly, any federal encroachment on this traditional state prerogative is ill-advised.” Governor Otter added the state’s lottery generates significant revenue to Idaho.
Due to President Obama’s failed policies, states have been saddled with declining revenue because people don’t have jobs to pay taxes or are earning less money. By seeking to ban state Internet gambling, Senators Reid and Kyl want to neuter an important vehicle states use to boost revenue all in the name of protecting fat cat casinos from competition in their states. No wonder Reid did nothing but spend America into debt and joblessness with his 60-vote majority during the first two years of Obama’s presidency; he’s focused on the wrong things! Sadly, Senator Kyl is willing to walk down this shameful road with him.