State Senator Justin Wayne Defends Expanded Gambling Legislation, Says He Will Continue Push

State Senator Justin Wayne Defends Expanded Gambling Legislation, Says He Will Continue Push

Though he faces an uphill battle, State Senator Justin Wayne tells says he has no intention of giving up on bills he introduced that would expand gambling in the state.

“We cannot talk about property taxes, we cannot talk about our education system if we don’t open up revenue streams.”

Wayne calls his legislation “common sense.”

“Since August, Iowa has taken in $1.9 million in revenue just off of taxes on sports betting by itself; and that’s at a tax rate of 6%.”

Wayne recommends a 20% tax rate for any Nebraska regulation.

In addition to using the revenue for major priorities like property taxes, Wayne suggests that an increase in tax revenue could be used to treat addictive personalities.

He made the comment in response to a question about Ginese Brown, an anti-gambling advocate and former business owner who lost her company after her employee embezzled over $4 million to gamble.

“If we had proper programing for Gambling Anonymous or gambling addiction that we could properly fund through the state level, maybe that embezzlement wouldn’t have occurred.”

Wayne says he will continue to push the issue as long as he’s in the legislature.

“Nebraskans are already doing it. They’re online gambling, they’re placing bets online through their phone. It happens.”

He says all he wants to do is keep that revenue in the state.

Wayne’s positions put him at odds with high profile figures like former Huskers coach Tom Osborne and Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers.