While senator Berger and speaker Timmy hold the state budget hostage and attempt to cram a four-casino development deal down the throats of their legislative colleagues, leaders and voters in Berger’s home county are demanding a say in the matter.
This week, the city council in Rockingham County’s Stokesdale passed a resolution demanding an up-or-down referendum on any plans for a casino in the county. Here’s some TV news video about the town’s meeting this week.
Raleigh politicians sometimes forget rural North Carolina is not for sale. Grateful to Mayor Crawford and the Stokesdale City Council for inviting me to speak on the resolutions concerning the proposed casino/rezoning efforts. I applaud the unanimous passage of Council’s… pic.twitter.com/12GeArHYt1
— Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) August 11, 2023
Summerfield, a Guilford County community just over the border from the proposed Rockingham County site, passed a resolution calling for a public referendum on casinos in the area.
Rockingham County’s board of commissioners is slated to vote on rezoning the proposed site for the Rockingham County casino on August 21. Senator Phil Berger’s son, Kevin, is a Rockingham County commissioner.
Civic leaders in Nash County, where another casino is proposed, are joining in on the calls for referendums instead of backroom legislative deals.