The initiative to bring VGTs to Indiana is not just about creating a new entertainment option for Hoosiers. VGTs would create more than 32,000 jobs across all 92 counties of the state.
A recent economic impact study reported that VGTs would create more than 7,000 direct jobs and three times that in indirect jobs because of the revenue generated from VGTs. These jobs would be in all communities throughout the state.
Even better, VGTs will help keep thousands of small business, including bars, taverns, and veterans’ clubs in business. Profits from VGTs will stay with Indiana businesses and Indiana towns instead of out-of-state gaming entities.
Legalizing VGTs has been on the back burner for a while now, but we can’t wait to push this initiative forward. As independent restaurants and bars struggle to stay alive after COVID-19 shutdowns, this new revenue stream could be the difference between staying open and closing forever.