NBC 40 featured a piece “Atlantic City Prepares For Influx Of New Employees.” They report:
Tom carver, [sic] executive director of the casino reinvestment development authority, says the casinos face a tremendous challenge handling the crush of up to 40,000 additional workers without adding to traffic congestion on local roads.
In my debut column for the February 2008 Casino Connection I remarked,
The anticipated Water Club at Borgata and the Harrah’s expansion will bring increased traffic to the Marina District. Why not anticipate traffic problems rather than sloppily respond to them?
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Mr. Carver is right in pointing out that Atlantic City’s infrastructure is not ready to handle the thousands of new employees slated to begin working in A.C. There is also the issue of needed infrastructure to accommodate the hundreds of thousands, ultimately millions of new visitors, who will visit the new casino and hotel development.
These factors place more impetus on the need for Atlantic City to cut out the political patronage that is rampant in the City budget. Money will be needed to provide updated infrastructure improvements. A smart fiscal policy can both perform infrastructure improvements and lower the budget. A smart fiscal policy is what is needed, yet a smart fiscal policy is hard to find in Atlantic City.