But if increased state revenue is really what we're after, there are much easier ways to get it. The legislature could change state law so that casino operators, not the state, are responsible for buying the slot machines. Even allowing for reasonable compensation to the casinos in the form of lower taxes, the state would stand to come out ahead by $80 million a year — no constitutional amendment or special session required. The state could also see more revenue by loosening or eliminating restrictions on the casinos' hours of operation and their ability to offer free food and drinks, entertainment and other perks. And if the governor is really intent on expanding gambling, adding table games to the state's existing five casinos would yield another $51 million a year.