Ten days ago voters in New York state approved an amendment to the state constitution to allow up to seven Vegas style casinos. Championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the current legislature, the new developments promise economic sunshine in the form of job growth, expanded tourism, and recaptured revenue that flows from residents to border state casinos. This argument should sound familiar to Texans who annually pump acres of greenbacks to Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The arguments for and against permitting casino style gambling look the same for any state – the Pros: increased revenue through the addition of a new industry with a proven business model, a tourism boom, and the benefit of keeping local money in the local economy. The Cons: gambling amounts to a regressive tax paid by those who typically can afford it least – the lowly downtrodden gambling-addict masses huddled in the cold on the eve of the holidays. And casinos lure big money which also lures big crime making them the municipal equivalent of Wal-Mart…you want them within driving distance but not next door to your neighborhood. Of course, political opponents claim that supporters of the idea are being paid off by big casino developers and church leaders line up against the vein immorality that gambling will all but certainly tap into.