Indiana Dockside Gambling Issue in Political Deadlock

Indiana ÐApril 26, 2001-As reported by the Indiana Post-Tribune: …After Democrats said open boarding for casino boats could help the state overcome a $923 million shortfall, Republicans responded Wednesday with a united front against the measure.

“At the moment, the sides appear deadlocked as Democrats vow to fight for larger increases in education spending similar to those recommended by Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

“..It is the position of the Republican caucus that we do not need additional revenue,” said Sen. Robert Meeks, the Republican senator on the conference committee.

“Dockside gambling would generate an estimated $377 million per year.

“..We will have to look at things other than education and take money away from them” said Rep. Earl Harris, D-East Chicago, vice chairman of Ways and Means.

“With Republicans rejecting any additional revenue, including an increase in the wagering tax for casino boats, Harris said there is little hope at this point to put dockside gambling in the budget.

The two sides will have to reach an agreement by Saturday or the session will end in deadlock and the governor will be required to call them back for a special session..”