Wheeling Island managers say they lose money on table games because of competition from Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie told council his city would lose $720,000 in annual revenue if table games are shut down.
That would be a challenge, but it would amount to a little over 2 percent of the city's nearly $31 million budget for next year.
Two percent is a popular number this year. The state is cutting spending by 2 percent to feed the ever-growing cost of Medicaid. Washington is aflutter about sequestration - a 2 percent cut in spending.
Yes, it would be a pain, but Wheeling taxpayers would probably understand.
After all, most of them have already cut their own budgets by that much or more.
DESPITE all the president's efforts to portray cutting federal spending to 98 cents on the dollar as disastrous - a government that borrows 33 cents of every dollar it spends - life at the White House continues as usual, reports Daniel Halper of the conservative Weekly Standard.
The White House has not laid off Chief Calligrapher Patricia A. Blair (annual salary $96,725) or her two deputies, who receive $85,953 and $94,372 per year.
With benefits, the White House is shelling out $400,000 a year for work that could easily be done by changing the font on a computer.
In 1976, Charles Peters, founder of the liberal Washington Monthly, called the hysteria that surrounds budget cuts as "The Firemen First Principle."
The administration's threat to cut essentials while continuing self-indulgences is as disgusting as it is insulting. Enough.
FOR years, some medical practitioners have pushed wellness programs as a way to rein in health costs.
Now a study shows that wellness programs may be oversold, because what is saved in hospitalizations is wiped out by increased costs for medications and outpatient visits, the Associated Press reported.
"The immediate payback in terms of cost is probably not going to be there," said economist Gautum Gowrisankaran of the University of Arizona-Tucson, lead author of the study.
Alas, solutions are never as simple as they appear.