I have mixed emotions about this story. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the US. They need a little of everything. Katrina completely squashed what a calming the Mississippi Gulf Coast had. Towns like Gulfport and Biloxi were devastated. In this NBC report, Biloxi, Mississippi is thriving behind the gambling industry. Old laws which required casinos to be water-based or placed after the hurricane and are to spur economic growth.
I lived in Shreveport — Bossier City, Louisiana during the late 80s and through the mid-90s. The first casinos were built in the early 90s. There was a lot of speculation of increased crime. Fortunately, this did not happen. Minimum wage workers nearly doubled their salaries by going to work for the casinos instead of some of the other businesses in town. This caused a relative labor shortage. The other businesses had to raise their pay in order to get qualified workers. The casinos were an economic boom to a relatively depressed city. The lowest wage earners increased their income and got health benefits.