Friday, February 20, 2009

New York State should fund problem gambling services with revenues from its state sponsored gambling activities

Micelle Hadden, LMSW, CPP, a Prevention Specialist with the NYS Council on Problem Gambling has developed four talking points in advocating for funding for dedicated problem gamblng treatment services in New York State.

o Approximately 1 million New Yorkers have a gambling problem.

o The Governor’s proposed 2009-2010 budget calls for deregulation and expansion of gambling in New York.

o In 2009 it is estimated that state sponsored gambling will generate approximately $3 billion in revenues for New York.

o New York is the only state without dedicated funding from gambling revenues for problem gambling services.

Please join us in asking the legislature to dedicate ½ of 1% of gambling revenue in NYS or approximately $15 million to problem gambling services for New Yorkers.

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