The Democratic nominee for Texas governor said he would be inclined to support casino gambling and legalized sports betting in the state to lower property taxes.
Former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November’s election, said at a campaign halt in Dallas on Wednesday that he would also consider supporting the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana.
There is no state property tax in Texas, but municipalities and counties levy property taxes to fund schools, police and fire departments, road repairs, and public hospitals. O’Rourke, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who eventually endorsed Joe Biden, said the state could rake in billions of dollars by regulating gambling, sports betting and the sale of marijuana.
Abbott claims he reduced property taxes through the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, which he signed.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. has lobbied millions of dollars to persuade Texas lawmakers to allow the development of integrated casino resorts statewide. When the company’s latest efforts fell through earlier this year, company executives said they plan to resume efforts in the next legislative session.
The review journal is owned by the Adelson family, including Dr. Las Vegas Sands Corp. majority shareholder Miriam Adelson and Las Vegas Sands President and COO Patrick Dumont.