D.C. Council Member Proposes Reducing Deficit with Online Gambling in City

December 9, 2010  |  

(Washington Post) — Raising taxes and parking fines are the traditionally irksome ways that local governments generate desperately needed revenue.  Not the District government, that hotbed of fiscal innovation. Try blackjack, Texas hold ’em and five-card stud. A D.C. council member is proposing that the city legalize and promote online poker and fantasy sports gambling as a way to slash the city’s $200 million budget deficit.  The D.C. Lottery Commission would oversee the games, which would be legal as long as those anteing up play within the District’s borders, according to Michael A. Brown (I-At-Large), the council member who offered online poker as budgetary salvation.

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