RIPEC’s Casino Analysis
While the introduction of a Harrah?s Commercial Casino would increase overall gaming activity statewide by 27.0% by FY 2020, The State would experience a 17.3% decline ($1.1 billion) in net tax revenue.Bottom line of the RIPEC analysis: To compensate for the revenue that the state loses because of Harrah’s, the constitutionally mandated “property tax relief” will have to be more-than-offset by either other tax increases or spending cuts, and there can be no net tax relief for Rhode Island without major spending cuts.
- If the casino were not built, gaming activity over the ten year period is estimated at $10.3 billion, and the State would collect $6.3 billion in taxes.
- If a casino is approved and operational by FY 2010, gaming activity over the ten year period would total $13.0 billion, but the State would collect $5.2 billion in net taxes.
RIPEC is not the final word on the matter, but they’ve laid out their argument in detail. If you don’t like their conclusion, try to explain which of their assumptions are unreasonable.