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"Sustainable" group says "vote no" on casinos

By Lombardo David
Thursday, October 31, 2013

The grassroots organization Sustainable Saratoga has come out against the ballot proposition that would expand casino gambling in the state.

Their opposition stems from a belief that casino would be inconsistent with sustainable approaches to community life, according to a press release.

"Casino gambling is a single-destination activity, which succeeds only by keeping its guests at the casino," says Sustainable Saratoga. "They are typically a drain on local businesses because they directly compete with them by discounting rooms, entertainment, and amenities, thereby drawing customers away from downtown businesses."

The group is also skeptical about revenue projections and warns of the potential social ills.

"Sustainable Saratoga instead advocates for economic activities that build a stronger community, benefit local businesses, and support a stable economy," they added.

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