Split Decisions

Mixed verdicts for gambling, school aid and oil

Voters across the country got to wield a veto as dozens of proposed new laws were subject to public referendum. They sent The gambling industry mixed messages as New York State approved a constitutional amendment allowing construction of up to seven casinos, while similar initiatives in two Massachusetts towns failed. But even the New York victory could prove Pyrrhic: depressed revenues at Atlantic City, N.J., casinos may be a sign that the industry is overextended, especially in the Northeast. Colorado voters rejected a proposed $950 million-per-year tax increase to boost K-12 Education funding and expand access to preschool. The measure failed...

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