Monday, March 02, 2009

Tarrant's top elected leaders cool toward casino legislation


AUSTIN — Legislation to create up to 12 urban casinos in Texas is touted as a potential big moneymaker in lean times, but top Tarrant County elected officials aren’t sold on the plan and appear ready to resist efforts to bring a casino to Fort Worth, saying the potential downsides may outweigh the pluses.

"I would explore other sources of revenue before I would encourage casino gambling in our city," said Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief.

"There are a lot of minuses as far I’m concerned," said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. "It wouldn’t be at the top of my list."

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