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Urban Casinos Opposed

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Sun Staff Writer A national commission on gambling will be recommending that casino gambling be kept out of urban areas, the commission's research director said Friday. The report, due to be issued October 15, will also state that "the commission's approach is that there is no overriding reason on the federal Ievel to prohibit or legalize gambling," Steven Buil, director of (continued on page 5) Commission To Oppose Urban Casinos (continuad J'rom cover) research and Communications for ihe Commission on tlie Review Policy Toward Gambling, s;iid in a telephone interview Frida'y. Buil said the report's approach will he that the decisión lo legalize gambling "is best leti up to the individual state." Michigan is currently considering legisla t ion that would legal ize casino gambling in Detroit. The bilí, introdueed by State Rep. Casmer Ogonowski (D-Detroh ). isn't expected to come out ot' comniittee until the ouicome oí a casino-gambling referendum on the Detroit ballot nexi month is known. Supporters have said that casino gambling would ereate about 30,000 new jobs in the Detroit área and add millions of dollars to state and city coffers, Ogonowski is convinced thai these newjobswould also help alleviate the street gang probleni by providing inany busboy, waiter, waitiess and kitclien-helper jobs lliat are traditionally availabl to urbun teenagers. The Greater Detroit Chamber wf Commerce lias recently come mu in favor of gambling and luis proniised assistance to tions campaigning for passage of the referendum. Opponents of casino gambling believe il would increase crime and violen ce, "deteriórate moráis" in the city and prey upon the poor. Buil, once an aide to former President Richard Nixon, told The Sun that the commission fears casino gambling in urban areas would attract and possibly victimize the poor. "The commission will recommeiKl that put in more remóte areas. where tlieir impact on the sunounding population would be minimized," Buil said. ■ Thexuuiniission's final report v including its recommenda tions, will be presen ted to the President and ('ongicss on Octobei I 5. Buil said the tlnee-year study was manclated by a l)70 Organied Crime Control Act calling for a tactual study of gambling in the United States. lililí said the commission's report will show that some tonus of gambling are exireniely regressive en high n theii ippeal to lowei-iiKome peoplo. wlio gunihle pioporlionately more ol theii in come away than do the wealthy. He said gambling such as the lottery, and particular!} ihe instant games, attraci lower-income people. Buil also said the report will recommend that legitímate gambling winnings be tax exempt. The cosl ol the study will be around S.i million. It drew 011 a varicty ol consullants. federal agencies, hearings ihroughoul the coimtiy-and a cunducted by researchersai ihe Umversfty irf Michigan. Ihe I ol l study. conducted In the universtty's 1 1 1 s 1 i 1 1 1 1 e for Social Research, compared a naïional sample of 1 .736 people to 2l( people trom Nevada. The study showed more males than females bet, more suburbanites than city residents and more whites than blacks. The study pointed out, however, that a higher percentage of blacks bet on horses and at casinos. The study also showed that about 80VÍ of those surveyed t'avored some forra of legalized gambling. - Jm