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Casino Study

The study focused on how a casino could impact crime rates, economic growth and gambling addictions if brought to Wausau.

The findings were mixed on the impact of crime.

While some communities with casinos have seen an increase in crime, casinos mostly contributed to bringing more tourists to the cities.

According to Ann Herda-Rapp with the University of Wisconsin, anytime there are more people coming and going there is going to be more crime.

Also, the types of crimes that are increasing are non-violent crimes like burglaries and DWI's.

To answer the question will a local casino increase the number of people with gambling addictions in our area? Some research did show that it could double.

The study also found that the casino could create as many as 600 jobs in the area and bring about $18-million to the community, but that's a small amount compared with what the gaming complex is expected to make.

Professor Keith McBee with UWMC says most of the profits would leave the area, because the casino proposed for Wausau will not be on reservation property.

People in Wausau will get a chance to voice their opinion on whether a casino should be in Wausau Tuesday, Nov. 5.


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