Friday, February 8, 2008

Casino workers laid off due to IL smoking ban

My sympathies go out to these Harrah's Workers in Metropolis who lost their jobs recently. What happened to smoking bans do not hurt businesses?

Just more proof that my side is right, and antis are a bunch of liars.


Casino layoffs blamed on Ill. smoking ban

METROPOLIS, Ill. -- Officials of Harrah's Metropolis riverboat casino claim Illinois' new smoking ban has resulted in the layoff of about 30 jobs at the casino.

Casino officials claim guests are spending less on entertainment and making fewer trips because of the ban and the casino suffered a drop in visitation compared to the previous six-month average.

General manager Mike Rich says a "national economic slowdown" also bears some of the blame for the layoffs.

Rich says the casino, which employs almost 1,000 residents of Illinois and western Kentucky, has no plans for additional layoffs.

Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel pointed out Thursday that he predicted when the smoking ban went into effect January 1, that it would have negative consequences on the local economy.


dumpstermcnuggets said...

Speaking of this, I read somewhere that when Joliet was making up their 2008 city budget, they projected a decline in tax revenue, thanks to the fact that there'd be decreased revenue from the 2 casinos there. When I'm not so tired, I'll see if I can find that article again, and post a link here. Later.....

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