Perspective: Governor Gets Boost In Casino Fight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A new committee has provided Ohio Governor Ted Strickland with a welcome political boost.

The committee came together last week to campaign against a ballot issue to establish casinos in Ohio.

Strickland took a significant risk when he reversed himself on his opposition to gambling by calling for slot machines at horse racing tracks.

He's counting on the revenue to help erase a $3.2 billion budget deficit.

The last thing the democratic governor wants to see is the ballot measure to put casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo succeed.

Giving Ohioans more gambling locations would likely cause budget trouble because the revenue projections on the race track slots assumed they would be the only choice for gamblers in the state.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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