Voters this November will be asked to decide in a referendum whether to allow up to seven new casinos to be built in the state. Thankfully, the ballot proposal has some positively glowing things to say about the plans. For instance, it states that casinos will help with "promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools and permitting local governments to lower property taxes." Which all sounds wonderful, except that some opponents of gambling think casinos contribute to problems like addiction and poverty and constitute a "regressive tax."
One of those opponents — a bankruptcy lawyer from Brooklyn — has now sued the state over the language of the referendum, calling it blatantly promotional. “The Constitution is pretty clear that you can’t use public money to sway or influence a vote,” said Eric J. Snyder in The New York Times.