Line 4 of Atlantic City local government budget of 1978 with its first new casino: “Total General Appropriations: $37.3 million. Same line item in 2014: “$262.1 million”. Please check my math. I get a 600% increase over 36 years, or 17% per year. Atlantic City government has spending and debt problem–not revenue problem. If taxpayers now earning so much less, they can’t afford government that keeps spending so much more. What happens to America happens to Atlantic City first. www.libertyandprosperity.org.