Every other year before the Texas Legislature starts up a new session, advocates of casino gambling find every available microphone to push a new reason why the state should legalize gambling in the state. This year is no different.
The selling point this year is the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Plummeting retail floor traffic, in-person dining, automobile sales and other revenue-generating consumer activity has left Texas with a giant hole in its current and future budget. That leaves state legislators with limited options — slash spending, increase existing taxes or find new revenue sources.