Governor Kathleen Sebelius says that by signing a law allowing more casino gambling, she's ensuring problem gamblers can get help for their addiction. That's because two percent of gambling revenues will be dedicated for that.
Meanwhile gambling opponents say as many as 73,000 Kansans may be addicted to gambling. They say more slots and casinos will send that number through the roof.
We talked with a former gambling addict from Newton who wants to remain annonymous. She used to travel 250 miles in a day just to play the slots in Topeka. That left her broke and homeless. She says a casino in Wichita would have ruined her life even quicker. She says giving two percent of gambling money for treatment programs is a drop in the bucket.
"Absolute farce," she says. "It won't touch what it is going to cost Sedgwick County or any other county. It's not even going to touch what it's going to cost them in mental, what it's going to cost them in physical health."