Norfolk To Ask General Assembly To Approve Riverboat Gambling
Riverboat gambling could come to Virginia, if the General Assembly approves a key item on Norfolk’s legislative wish list. Charles Fishburne reports.
It will be the fourth time Norfolk has asked permission for riverboat gambling, but for them, the stakes are higher.
Riddick: We have been challenged in our last three budget cycles, based on the economy nationwide. We haven't been able to give our police department, retirees or our schoolteachers a raise. We've had to raise certain fees as well as reduce services.
Sound familiar? Well, in Norfolk, Councilman Paul Riddick finally got city council to agree to make it a legislative priority this year, even though he knows it will be a long shot in the General Assembly.
Riddick: But at least we can get it up on the table. We can find out what problems a lot of the legislators might have with it.
The money would be set aside for transportation. If Norfolk eventually succeeds, other localities looking for new revenue streams might be tempted to follow suit.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News
Anchor Tag: Richmond’s Annabelle Lee ceased operations here New Year’s Eve, 2003. Gambling was never part of the cruise.