Mayor Q Backs Legal Sports Betting

Today Kansas City's 12th & Oak boss offers a bit of support to allies in Jeff City trying to advance legislation that should have been easier to pass given Missouri's longtime gambling history. 

Think about it . . . Most of Mark Twain's fiction is filled with stories of riverboat vice . . . Like it or not, those long-ago days might be the pinnacle of Missouri culture which has recently devolved into roadside strip clubs, firework stands & rustic stores where travelers can pick up walnut bowls. 

Accordingly . . . 

Mayor Q deserves credit for backing an issue which would GREATLY BENEFIT Kansas City's economy and free up a few nice houses when even more gambling addicts go bankrupt.

Check his hot take and more info on the topic . . .

Clearly, the tweet sparked a great deal of conversation which mostly focused on support for weed before betting and/or concern about infrastructure.

To be fair . . . It's likely that most plebs wouldn't really profit with anything more than a few jobs for entry level workers and enduring an even greater quotient of human misery. Meanwhile, politicos and developers would garner MILLIONS worth of cash to gamble "invest" locally. /p>

Perspective . . .

"Missouri lawmakers have been struggling for four years to move a sports betting bill while neighbors Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Tennessee have all legalized wagering, though it’s not live yet in Nebraska. Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee all allow for statewide mobile wagering, and Missouri lawmakers have said they are aware that state residents cross the border to bet."

Read more via links . . .

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Lawmakers pushing to legalize sports betting in Missouri

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Developing . . .