Four years ago, when I ran for City Controller, I argued that the City of Houston should take the lead on legalizing gaming in Texas to capture more revenue for city services from all the money leaving our community and going to casinos in Louisiana and Nevada.
In 2018, the United States Supreme Court legalized sports betting nationwide. If Houston had lead on legalizing gaming we would have the money to afford Pay Parity between Firefighters and Police Officers. We would also be able to hire more police officers and pay to upgrade our water and sewer system without a rate increase.
It’s time to bring poker rooms and eight liner slot machine operators (and others) out of the back rooms and into the light to help reduce crime, properly regulate these establishments and allow the city to collect its fair share of revenue.
I am once again calling for the legalization of gaming in Houston. It’s time for a voter referendum to allow Houstonians to generate more revenue for the city without having to raise our property taxes or our water and sewer bills.
It’s time for us-the people of our city-to lead the way on a solution for pay parity and reducing crime and finally benefit from the gambling already going on in our city.
If you are willing to sign a petition to legalize gaming and vote for a referendum to do so in Houston, please let me know and share this message through your social media. Contact me directly >>>
Hon. Robinson is the former Chairman, City of Houston Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee; Former Vice Chairman, Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council (H-GAC TPC) and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University