Ohio Ponders A Future With Casinos

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Developers of four new Ohio casinos are looking eagerly to the future, even as opponents concoct plans to stymie their efforts and surrounding states brace for economic losses.

Penn National Gaming Inc. president Dan Wilmott showed off the site Wednesday where a 300,000-square-foot Hollywood Casino-Columbus employing 2,000 people is expected to materialize by the end of 2012.

But republican state lawmakers unhappy with the vote are beginning work on a 2010 ballot measure that makes changes to the terms of the casino deal, including increasing the tax rate from 33 percent to 60 percent of gross revenue.

Gambling industry analysts say Ohio will make money from casinos, but surrounding states that attract thousands of Ohio gamblers every year will be hurt.

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


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  • by human concern on Nov 9, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    Like providing drugs to junkies! How many lives will be ruined by this? No one mentions that. It's ok, I am sure they will have a hotline.
  • by Bruce Location: Vienna on Nov 7, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    Hope Ohio does not implement this the way they did the lottery. I was a teacher in Ohio when the schools were promised lottery dollars for education. the dollars came with so many strings attached. For instance, you could use lottery dollars to purchase computers, but not operating systems, software, monitors or printers. Cables to hook up the computers were also not appropriate uses for lottery dollars.
  • by To ViennaGuy Location: Belpre on Nov 6, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    More than likely, there aren't 19,000 Ohioans WANTING to work construction. Construction jobs are tough and people are wanting "gimme" jobs. My dad is a boilermaker and they are in dire need of people to work, but nobody will because it's "too hard".
  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Nov 6, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    I wonder how many of those 19,000 construction jobs promised will actually materialize - and of the ones which do, how many will be filled with low-wage out-of-state labor. Were there any guarantees that 19,000 jobs would be created AND filled with ONLY Ohio construction workers???
  • by Upset Location: OH on Nov 6, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    That is total crap. Are they afraid Ohio might have something? Those republican lawmakers should be run out of town.
  • by Brian Location: Belpre on Nov 6, 2009 at 02:31 AM
    Did I read this article right? The Republicans want to raise taxes? They actuallly want to double them? I thought that their goal in life was to leave big business alone and let them do what they want to. This is a first and I am going to mark it down on my calendar. I guess Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his grave right now. No More Taxes!!!! LOL The state government wrote the amendment and let it go to a vote. The people voted for it. Quit whining and leave them alone. You should have thought about this before and not change the rules in the middle of the game.
  • by Anonymous Location: Belpre on Nov 5, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    Levi, do you not know that WTAP serves the Mid Ohio Valley which is both Parkersburg AND Ohio. There is news about WV all the time on here they dont favor one state, they give the news as they get it from BOTH states
  • by levi Location: pbrg on Nov 5, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    DOES WTAP EVEN REALIZE WHAT STAE THEY ARE IN ??? tHERE IS NEVER ANY NEWS ABOUT OUR STATE???
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