Issues, SEK

Kansas just took one of the best possible scenarios for a casino in SEK and pissed all over the opportunity out of petulance.

The Quapaw Tribe’s Downstream Casino Resort, of Oklahoma, withdrew from a partnership in a Kansas state-owned casino proposal citing a hostile and adversarial environment created when the Kansas attorney general filed a federal lawsuit to halt a separate plan by the Tribe to expand its existing casino. Quapaw’s Downstream Casino Cites Kansas’ Hostile Environment, Lawsuit, For Withdrawing From Proposal Partnership; KOAM TV

Ruffin’s proposal is still in play, but I feel like this substantially hurts the possibility of it being selected. Not to mention it cripples part of what made the proposal so appealing to begin with.

CC by-nc-sa 2.0 Justin in SD
Issues, SEK

If I Were a Betting Man

On the 24th, news came out of Cherokee County of another group interested in petitioning the state for the construction of a casino in southeastern Kansas. They join two other projects also underway that are making similar proposals for Crawford County. This is interesting, because in the end, only one project can proceed – not all three. Kansas is divided into four “gaming zones,” and each zone can only have one casino that is under the leadership (in various weird and bureaucratic ways) of the Kansas Lottery Commission. The SEK gaming zone is the last one without a  casino operating in it.

This is, mostly, good news for SEK. While I myself am not much of a gambler, I’m a big fan of the dining establishments that frequently accompany them, not to mention the concerts. I’m also a supporter of letting people game with their money if that’s what they feel the need to do. And with Amazon leaving Montgomery County, having a casino built in the area will give a huge boost to the job and tax pool in the entire area. Lord knows we can use all the revenue flow we can get these days. So, a whole lot of upside to this process. Continue reading

CC by 2.0 Randy Heinitz
Kansas, Politics

It’s All About the Benjamins

Last Tuesday, Kansans agreed – by an overwhelming margin – to amend our state constitution to include language that will allow charitable organizations to hold raffles for fundraising. What? Raffles were illegal in Kansas? Yes, they were. Like running a pot in a fantasy football league, it was considered a form of illegal gambling. Though the state obviously wasn’t beating down folks’ doors over the matter, they wanted to codify approval of the practice. And that’s A Good Thing™, right? Well, not so fast. When it comes to all things government, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. To be upfront, I was one of the 25% of people that voted no on the issue, and it’s not because I don’t want churches to be able to raise money to fix their roof. The problem wasn’t the principle, it was the policy; in my mind it would be much harder to authorize that policy and then scale it back to protect the principle rather than just draft a better policy.

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