Two Native American tribes have hired “prominent Austin lobbyists and consultants, some with close ties to Republican Gov. Rick Perry,” in an effort to get casino gambling restored to their tribal lands, according to an Associated Press <a href=”http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6163155.html”>story</a> in the Houston Chronicle.
In 2002, both tribes’ casinos were closed by court orders sought by then-Attorney General John Cornyn.
The BGCT’s Christian Life Commission, working with Texans Against Gambling, has done a great job in recent years helping limit the spread of gambling in Texas. Gambling is a seriously flawed approach to state government finance, and it causes untold economic damage to communities and families. Quite simply, the only thing that benefits from the gambling industry is the gambling industry, plus the politicians it supports.
While the CLC is a great voice against the spread of gambling, our individual voices with our state representatives and senators are extremely important.
(Originally published by me on the We Are Texas Baptists blog on this date.)