Voting for Casinos in Ohio

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Ohio voters may get the chance to vote on whether or not casinos will make their way into the state.

Washington County Commissioners spoke with an official from the Ohio Jobs and Growth Plan Thursday afternoon about the proposal.

The amendment has been approved by the Ohio Attorney General, and a committee is currently working to get enough signatures from voters to place it on the November ballot.

The plan estimates 20,000 new jobs for the state; however, commissioners say they're not sure how much approval the plan will see from Washington County voters.

"This is not something that Washington County voters are going to be very excited about. And the other part of the proposal is making it a constitutional amendment. It's really gonna be tough to sell," Sam Cook, Washington County Commissioner, said.

This Ohio Jobs and Growth plan would allow four casinos to open in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo.


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  • by Kiki Location: Marietta on May 1, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    Hello! We already voted NO, it seems when politicians or just pushy people don't want the answer they receive they just keep presenting it on the ballot....I hope this goes down BIG and they lose the money they spent to put it on the ballot!
  • by peoplesvoice Location: Washington County on May 1, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    I disagree of having a Casino or Casinos in Ohio not because I don't believe in Gambling. But because it's not going to benefit anything or anyone in South Eastern Ohio. Once again politicians are attempting to sell us a proposal that isnt even going to effect us. People in this area are going to benefit little if not anything from this proposal. Its only going to bring jobs and money to the bigger cities not SouthEastern Ohio. Also, why should business men from out of State and big companies get to open a Casino and the little guy from South Eastern Ohio can't? I want everyone to remember that Ted Strickland is our Governor. He said that he was going to send money for our schools and create jobs in this area when he was elected Govenor. Oh wait, he didnt! Don't make another bad choice this November. Vote No On Gambling.
  • by Lucas Location: WV on May 1, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    Just what Toledo need; a place for the unemployed auto workers to wither away. You will never see the negative effects advertised about gambling. Hopefully Ohio voters will vote no as these establishments bring no good to your state, jobs or no jobs.
  • by who cares Location: washington county on Apr 30, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    I'm all for it because it will bring more jobs and money to ohio. So what if it becomes legal, you don't have to do it! You should see the bingo hall in belpre every friday night. I don't see how they are so against gambling!
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