Saturday, April 03, 2010

Fort Dodge Workers to Get Paid for Casino Rally

Fort Dodge is paying its city employees to rally for a casino, according to the Fort Dodge Messenger. State gambling officials take a tour of Fort Dodge Wednesday and the city will pay workers who want to go to the rally to greet them. The workers aren't required to go, according to city leaders.

What do you think? Should taxpayers pay city workers to go to this rally during their work hours? Is this the proper us of tax money or should city workers take vacation time or make up the time they miss some other time to go to this rally? Or do you think city workers should help lobby for the casino since it could bring hundreds of jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars to town?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG, the gambling thugs have stooped to a new low. Just how far will they go to spread these seeds of addiction into their neighbors houses. If they will pay employees to attend just imagine what lengths they will go to in an effort to addict even greater numbers. Citizens, Gambling is an insidious disease. It eats away at the soul like a cancer. Stop the continued proliferation now. Just say no.
Bill3320 Des Moines

Alex Freed said...

Iowa Code section 68A.505 prohibits the expenditure of public moneys for political purposes.

The City of Fort Dodge and its City Manager, David Fierke, is in violation of Iowa Code section 68A.505 – Use of Public Resources for a Political Purpose.

Alex Freed said...

Fort Dodge City Manager, David Fierke, is allocating city taxpayer dollars to pay city employees to influence the vote of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to support granting of a gaming license for the casino proposal in Fort Dodge. The five members of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will visit the site of the proposed casino on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

Mitch Henry said...

Did the Fort Dodge City Manager offer city employees time off with pay to protest against the casino proposal? Many local residents oppose the casino proposal in Fort Dodge.

Anonymous said...

Governor Chet Culver received over $82,000.00 from backers of the casino proposal in Fort Dodge between 2007 - 2009.

Anonymous said...

Governor Chet Culver received over $82,000.00 from backers of the casino proposal in Fort Dodge between 2007 - 2009.

$27,750.00 Bonnie Campbell, Spokesperson & Attorney for Peninsula Gaming LLC
$11,500.00 Steve Daniel, CEO & President Webster County Gaming
$11,000.00 Peninsula Gaming PAC
$10,000.00 Brent Stevens, CEO & Chairman Peninsula Gaming LLC

Mitch Henry said...

Gambling Forum: The Economic & Social Impact of Gambling

Date: Monday, April 26th
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Polk County Central Senior Community Center
Address: 2008 Forest Ave., Des Moines
(Corner of Forest Ave. & Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy.)

Parking available in parking lot located south of the Community Center building

Refreshments will be provided

Contact: Mitch Henry
515-729-4662
NoCasinoIowa@aol.com

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