Lawmaker worries about revenue leaving the state

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM.

Richter was gracious about the delay.

“The only thing for sure you know and I think certainly folks that work with financial models and forecasts models [know is] … it’s wrong. That’s the only thing you really, really know,” Richtersaid. “The charge is to make it a little bit wrong and not a lot of it wrong.”

Richter pointed out the study was only a “resource” and the committee should use it that way as it prepares to overhaul Florida’s gaming laws heading into the 2014 legislative session.

Some senators, however, appeared frustrated the draft concluded gambling’s expansion would only have a minimal impact on Florida jobs and the state economy.

Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said the study focuses strictly on the economics, but there are moral issues at play and mused whether he should “keep my powder dry” or wait until the final version of the study came out to have that debate.

“We’re kind of premature in terms of coming to any conclusions and yet … there was a major conclusion made in the report about the impact of gaming in Florida,” Lee said.

Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, went a step further by pressing the Spectrum representatives to admit that economic impacts would be significant at a very local level, and they agreed.

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