"Build a casino and the suckers will come to lose their money and enrich
our community. Does anyone really believe people will come to Wichita
to lose money? Do we really want people to come to Wichita to lose
money? Don't we want them to come back?
We can't get enough people to come to our government-owned and -run museums. They cost us millions to keep the doors open. I
have a little secret for you: Wichita is not a destination. Unless they
are coming here to buy an aircraft or for flight training, not many
people get off the Kansas Turnpike or U.S. 54, and they certainly don't
buy airline tickets here. We have to subsidize airlines to get them to
come to Wichita.
What will we do for the gamblers? Subsidize them?"
Topeka — "As Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
prepares to sign into law the casino and slots bill, opponents of the
legislation said Monday that it may contain hidden provisions to expand
gambling even further.
Glenn Thompson, executive director of the anti-gambling group Stand
Up for Kansas, said that under the bill, future Legislatures could put
video slot machines in convenience stores, grocery stores and other
places without having to get voters’ approval."
"But the Prairie Band Potawatomi, which operates a resort casino
north of Topeka, will challenge the law once it's enacted because it
violates the Kansas Constitution, said tribal chairwoman Tracy Stanhoff.
"I think we've been sideswiped. The state has been taken in the
wrong direction," Stanhoff said, adding the legislation "will severely
impact our operation."