Recession Hits Casinos, Hurting State Tax Revenues

Recession Hits Casinos, Hurting State Tax Revenues

States that put it all on double zero and let it ride may start wishing they’d listened to Ace Rothstein, and walked out instead of choosing to take the money — and the hammer. The casino industry — once considered recession-proof — is starting to feel the pinch of the current downturn. The New York Times reports that some of the biggest gambling havens, including Nevada, New Jersey and Illinois, have seen massive drops in gambling-related tax revenues. New Jersey’s take was down $62 million, Nevada dropped $122 million, and Illinois spun and lost $166 million in tax revenues.