|Video gaming is gaining considerable public support due to the prospect of extra funding of the education sector. Many Texans claim to be unhappy with the amount of money that is flowing into neighbouring states because of local reticence about pushing the legal boundaries of gambling in-state.|
Supporters in favour of the machines argue that the taxes garnered will improve local schools, reduce property tax and keep money from leaving the state. At the moment there is significant amounts of gambling revenue that is being taken in by Colorado, Louisiana and New Mexico, much of which could easily stay within Texas.
The machines would be restricted to horse or dog tracks, which already allow gambling and are strictly supervised by the state. The proposal would still require a constitutional amendment on gambling and is therefore still far from being settled as many would oppose it on moral reasons alone.