Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Transportation Money Source?

The Washington Post via Mason Conservative has an article about a proposal that has passed the Senate and now moves to the House on a slot machine sized horserace betting machine that could generate $300 million for transportation.

I actually pointed this out back in September when I saw Del. Hamilton had put in a bill on it. I wondered if it would get anywhere.

It looks like an interesting idea.


  • At 2/13/2007 11:40 AM, Blogger Gold_h2o said…

    I live less than 30 miles from Charles Town Races and Slots.


    The amount of money generated by the track it astounding.....and what's more, most of the revenue is generated by out-of-state gamblers, not residents of West Virginia.

    I think the idea being proposed is interesting but it's a slippery slope to be on because it simply becomes a game of one state trying to get "one up" on the other.

    In other words, if Virginia passes this legislation, all WV will do is expand it's gambling operations to include table games like blackjack, craps, roulette, etc.....which I am told they are already considering.

    So, the gambling parlors being proposed could become obsolete in a very short period of time.

    This is one reason MD did not pass it's casino legislation....they knew that as soon as it passed WV would expand it's gambling laws and allow table games making their casino's obsolete, in a sense.

  • At 2/13/2007 11:18 PM, Anonymous Chris said…


    All of Virginia was so supportive of my beloved George Mason last season that I'm returning the favor! I am absolutley in love with what Teach is doing this year. If your not careful, Seth Greenberg may end up somehwere else.

    Tech is THE team that nobody will want to play come tournament time.

  • At 2/14/2007 12:41 PM, Anonymous finnegan said…

    I wonder what ol' Goodlatte will think of this.

    Obenshain already said he was against slot machines. I don't know if he'd view this any differently.

  • At 2/14/2007 6:25 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    finnegan, I imagine those guys would probably oppose this measure.


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