What does it take to get a reporter to pull out a goddamn calculator?!
Eyman says about $1.1 billion would be generated — nearly doubling the gambling industry’s net receipts in Washington last year. Thirty-five percent of that would go toward property tax relief.
The measure would also earmark 1 percent of those funds for problem gambling treatment, an amount Eyman says would total about $11 million, though critics say the number is greatly exaggerated.
This from an otherwise decent article in the Seattle P-I [Funding for problem gamblers]. But again, it repeats the lie!
All the numbers are there! And all the reporter had to do was add them up: ($1.1 billion * 35%) * 1% = $3.8 million, NOT $11 million as Eyman says.
What the fuck is so hard to understand here?!
It’s not “critics” who say the number is greatly exaggerated, it’s BASIC MATH!
(Hey Knute… and you wonder why people kick the crap out of the media?)