Perdue offers sweepstakes machines tax option for education

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Submitted: Thu, 06/07/2012 - 5:56pm
Updated: Fri, 06/08/2012 - 12:35pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue wants North Carolina legislators to tax video sweepstakes machines as long as they’re legal for more education money since lawmakers won’t accept her earlier proposal to raise the sales tax.

Perdue called a news conference Thursday urging Republican lawmakers to consider the idea as they draw up next year’s budget. She says she ultimately wants sweepstakes machines banned but for now they should be regulated and taxed. Her office said such regulation could bring in $300 million next year.

The Court of Appeals struck down the state’s sweepstakes machine ban in March. The state has appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca called Perdue’s idea “ridiculous” and says the machines are a “scourge” on the state that cannot be regulated.

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  • Guest28403 says:

    The biggest example was the power grab by the feds trying to make a name for themselves during what many of us in the poker world called “Black Friday”. I summarily am insulted that the liberals who are running the show in this country have the nerve to shove gay marriage down my throat yet seeming to be ok with whatever goes on behind closed doors UNLESS it involves me or others playing recreational poker online for a few dollars. Yes apparently its ok to legalize gay marriage and shove other things down our throats but yet Im told I cant play poker online unlike nearly the rest of the world (to include Canada, Mexico, Russia{Yes they have more freedom in their own homes then we do in this country}. Supposedly one excuse was players who played full time and made a living werent paying taxes. The companies have a way to track deposits vs withdrawals. Isnt that hard to track such things so its a poor excuse. Uncle Sam needs to get the hell outta my personal life Im not selling drugs or doing anything thats hurting anybodyelse and alot of us are are getting sick and tired of governments repeated intrusion in our lives. Yes techically the republicans snuck the UIGEA into a law in 2006 as a late night amendment but it was and is Obamas DOJ who took these actions (and yes it was politically motivated, as only weeks before the DOJ shut down the big sites those sites had made deals with Steve Wynn (Pokerstars) and Station Casinos (FTP) when that happened it caused panic by Harrahs who were sent one of there big shots to DC to see Harry Reid, who oh BTW headed the Nevada Gaming Commission at one time and if you ever see the movie Casino watch for the one Smothers Brothers playing “the senator” that character in question was indeed Dirty Harry Reid being portrayed).. It was never about protecting US Players as they claim it was about politics of the Nevada gambling to kill competition so that the casinos in Vegas could take over online poker and what not in this country. Typical Vegas dirty politics. If you cant beat em.. KILL EM which they did with Black Friday. Nonetheless telling me what site I can and cant play on still violates my rights as a gamer and you shouldnt accept it either.. Next thing the Government will be dictating what you can and cant eat Oh wait they already are..

    Our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves based on whats happening in this country.

  • challengetheworld says:

    Legalize gambling and tax it. Enough bible politics. Whatever thw nay-sayers think it’ll cause…it’ll bring much needed revenue. For public and private.

  • Vog46 says:

    What makes her think these guys will pay if they have to?

    Because they can Tom.
    These are incredibly profitable operations with very little overhead and almost no labor costs. For most the biggest bills are storefront rents and utilities followed by the monthly costs associated with buying the machines.
    If they weren’t profitable why would they have fought the ban so hard?

    Now from a religious standpoint I don’t support these operations nor do I support the Lottery but I am aware that others do – so from my perspective I won’t go to one but I will not impose my beliefs on others. I think the Gov has the right idea though. If they are “legal” they should be taxed and those monies go to education just like the lottery.
    I am confused by one thing though.
    It appears to me that NC has a thirst for gambling (as much as I hate to admit it). Why have thousands of small gaming sites when in fact a few large casinos would be easier to regulate?

    Best Regards

  • SurfCityTom says:

    they are found to be illegal, will that mean the State would be required to refund all of the tax dollars?

    She’s not up for re-election. Why is she pandering so earnestly for education?

    You already have a report on file noting just how far in arrears some entities are in paying the legal city and county taxes.

    What makes her think these guys will pay if they have to?

  • Guest28403 says:

    If you werent aware Harrahs already has a Casino on the Cherokee land out in Western NC. But heres the funny thing. Up until a few days ago the casino was limited to having to no live dealers because somehow havign a live dealer in a card game was illegal in NC (not joking) so Cherokee had to spend hundreds of thousands to pay for electronic dealer tables much like online poker which relied on a random number generator and also kept some of the regional and national poker tournaments away from Cherokee which would bring money into the economy and tax money (due to avg combined prize pools in the millions meaning tax income for the state). Truthfully its alot easier to regulate a handful of larger casinos or poker rooms then these small mom and pop operations who can cheat much easier and little recourse for the players

  • Vog46 says:

    I was aware there are limited casinos on Indian land.
    I’m talking Las Vegas or Atlantic City here.
    Why should they grab all the business?
    Legal gambling on the coast? What a great tourist attraction.
    This would generate more revenue then any minor league baseball team, and would propel area growth much faster.
    And once you allow casinos to be built? Wilmington wouldn’t have to chip in a dime……………….

    Best Regards

  • Guest 101 says:

    Purdue has taken our Highway Funds and Lottery Funds. Why should we believe she would not do the same with her new tax on video games. If she is so high on education, why did she take the lottery funds that were promised for education?

    A lady that has never seen a tax she didn’t like!!!

  • Guest33 says:

    I want to thank all who participate in Home Schooling, And virtual charter schools. The Public School system “Failed Me” and Failed My Children. I hardly pass the 10th grade at North Brunswick HS. I could see the writing on the wall, so I dropped out and joined the USArmy. And the stories I could tell about the teacher would land several in Prison. Latter I attended College and carried a 3.8 GPA in Law just to prove a point about my High School. I’m not smart or educated, it was that the Public Education System was a failure, I’m proof. So keep up the good work. I will promote Home Schooling, and Virtual School where I can.

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