t is not the first time, and probably won’t be the last, that the Buenos Aires Province Governor, María Eugenia Vidal, affirms her position against the gaming industry. She took office vowing to prevent the sector from growing and has maintained her stance throughout every decision, especially during this year.
In an interview granted to the TV show Ya somos grandes, broadcasted last Thursday by the Argentine channel TN, she confirmed something that was then considered to be just a rumor: The head of the Ministry of Economy, Hernán Lacunza is working on a proposal which will be submitted Monday, to increase gambling taxes.
“I am against illegal gaming, and everything I have done in the Province has gone in that line, for instance, the gross income tax rise. “We have already increased taxes, we can do it once more. We are working together with the Ministry of Economy on a proposal to elevate gambling taxes, that will be submitted on Monday,” she informed.
Vidal explained the reasons behind her gambling policies. "This isn’t a matter of tax collections because, when we decided to close down bingo halls and casinos, we were waving the opportunity to raise more taxes. But this is a non-gambling commitment that I have. I do not want bing halls in poor neighborhoods, or in the Buenos Aires City suburbs."
Nevertheless, the governor also explained that she still understands the importance of having casinos in tourist areas, as part of the overall entertainment offerings of a destination. “I do not think the suburbs had to be filled with bingos, but I do respect existing contracts, and there are many that I cannot rescind. “But as far as gambling in Buenos Aires Province is concerned, I will always stand against it,” she concluded
Within the framework of that interview, Vidal also affirmed that she will not be running for president at Argentina’s elections in 2019.