The House and Senate apportioned funding for the High Point (Furniture) Market differently. The House budget would have given $1 million to the Department of Commerce to promote the marketing of the state's furniture industry. The Senate budget would have given that money directly to the International Home Furnishing Market Authority, a High Point nonprofit that runs the annual trade show.
In this particular case, Owens spoke up to say, "The furniture market out in Las Vegas is starting to clean North Carolina's clock." The High Point Market needed the help directly.
So, we're giving a million dollars to the furniture market because it is losing money to Vegas. Why? Because Vegas has legalized gambling, that's why. Sure, other things have blossomed up around it, but it's the baby. So, instead of giving them handouts as we slowly watch High Point die, and it will die, do we really think it can compete with Vegas? So, again, instead of watching them die, how about legalizing gambling in High Point? Maybe just video machines and live poker?
It would bring in millions and millions of dollars for the area and in tax revenue for the state. And, I don't want to hear about gambling addiction until the person talking about it calls for prohibition of alcohol sales and consumption - a much bigger problem. Legalize video machines and live poker halls and use the profits to fund social services throughout the state. Make North Carolina First in social services for all types of addiction, for all those in needy, and use gambling to pay for it. At the same time, the counties nearby will benefit and can use that money to build new schools and parks.
Just a thought.