Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew White Wants Casinos to invest in Education
Declaring an ‘educational crisis,’ Texas gubernatorial candidate Andrew White (D) unveiled a $9 billion plan to boost the public school system throughout the Lone Star State.
Andrew White is betting Texans will support gaming expansion if it aids education.
And under his governorship, he says gambling enterprises would assist protect the increased costs.
White claims he’ll buy the massive spending package by eliminating commercial property taxation breaks, redirecting nearly $1 billion in border safety funds, and ‘expand gaming at horse tracks for $3 billion.’
Schools across Texas are dealing with budget challenges, and White believes gaming can help cover the gap. The state is currently home to tribal casinos that feature slot devices, as well as parimutuel wagering at horse racetracks.
White did not specify exactly what specific forms of gaming he’d seek to be allowed at horse racetracks in order generate the lofty $3 billion projection. Texas presently has four venues with live horse racing.
Any video gaming expansion would need to be authorized through a ballot that is constitutional, with residents backing it by a two-thirds majority.
In recent polls conducted by Quinnipiac University, White and his fellow challenger that is democratic Valdez have both closed within 10 percent of Republican incumbent Gregg Abbott. White is hoping to win over some more voters that are left-leaning searching to training.