Louisiana needs sports betting, casino relocations to compete with Mississippi, consultants say Julia O'Donoghue, New Orleans Times-Picayune · April 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm A consultant Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration hired says Louisiana needs to relocate two casinos, lower taxes on gambling and legalize sports betting in order to compete with Mississippi. Spectrum Gaming Group issued a 260-page report on the state of Louisiana’s gambling industry for the Louisiana Economic Development agency April 2. The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com obtained a copy Tuesday (April 9) before it was publicly released. The report surfaces just as the Louisiana Legislature is set to consider new gambling laws and tax structures in its lawmaking session that started Monday. Spectrum said Louisiana casinos are at a distinct disadvantage to those in Mississippi, which taxes its gambling facilities at a much lower rate. A casino in the Bay St. Louis area pays an 11.6% tax rate, compared with 26% in Louisiana.