Ohio Casino Plan Clears Hurdle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Ballot Board has cleared the way for supporters of a gambling proposal to begin gathering signatures to place it on the November ballot.

The Ballot Board voted 4-1 Monday to certify a plan to place casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo as a single issue.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner was the only dissenting vote.

The Ohio Jobs and Growth Committee said the casino proposal would lead to $1 billion in private investment, $600 million in tax revenue and 20,000 new jobs.

Supporters must submit roughly 400,000 valid signatures to Brunner by July 1 to get the proposal for a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

It would be the fifth time in 20 years and the second in the past year that voters would face a gambling issue.

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

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  • by Brian Location: Marietta on Apr 14, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    Why doesn't the state just tax us more to get the tax that would be raised by this? Then everyone would be happy. There would also be less crime, people losing everything they own due to gambling, and plenty of money to hire the people to do more constructive work that pray on the poor.
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