House panel unsatisfied with gaming study’s conclusions

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 02:14 PM.

But all those plans have been halted as owners wait for the Legislature to act on gaming’s expansion.


“Winners and losers”

State Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, pointed out that any single business moving into a heavily populated area will have a minimal impact on the economy.

“It would seem to me, statistically, from a comparison standpoint, that the employment effect of any industry injected into a smaller county is always going to be greater than it is in a larger county,” he said.

State Rep. Steve Precourt, R-Orlando, said the economic impact would be sizable in a less populous state and was most interested in the study’s mention of “winners and losers” for the four counties that could see new casinos.

“Being from Orange County, I presume some of those counties could be big winners and some of those counties could be big losers,” Precourt said.

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