Economic Impact Of Casino Gambling


A new study from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Arkansas Economic Development Institute says the impact of casino gambling in Arkansas would be dramatic.

The study found that the state could add more than 6,000 new jobs if Issue 4, a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow casino gambling, is passed next month. About 3,000 would be directly created in the gaming industry and another 3,000 would be created in sectors tied to the industry. It could mean $5.8 billion in GDP growth during the next 10 years, the study concluded.

The report, which you can view here, was commissioned by Driving Arkansas Forward, a pro-gaming organization. The proposed constitutional amendment authorizes one casino in Jefferson County, one in Pope County and grants full casino licenses to Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming & Racing in West Memphis.   MORE

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