1. The economy sucks and these guys want to invest 600 MILLION DOLLARS into Ohio. You really want to tell them no?

2. Ohio is hemorrhaging jobs and this project could bring up to 5,000 new jobs to the state. You want to be the one to tell the 6,000 former-DHL employees in the same county as the proposed casino that they won’t have any other options?

3. The casino people aren’t asking for tax abatements or trying to get the state or city to help with construction costs.

4. They aren’t trying to trick the voters by pretending this bill will fix Ohio’s fucked up system for funding education. It’s a proposal to build a casino, period.

5. The people who are most concerned about the Ohio casino are the Casino owners in Indiana. They are so concerned, in fact, that they are willing to spend $40 million to try to defeat it.

6. Yes, it requires a change to the Ohio Constitution. But that’s the only way to do it. And for anyone who wants to claim it’s a sacred document, blah blah blah – remember: we changed it a few years ago to TAKE AWAY rights from same-sex couples.

7. Ohio’s voters have proven, year after year, they aren’t ready to approve a broader gambling bill that brings gaming to the whole state. This single-casino option seems like a pretty good compromise.

8. It also seems like a reasonable test case for gambling in Ohio. Let’s try it out with one casino and see if it works. If it doesn’t, fine. Pro-casino people can admit they were wrong (myself included) and we can close down the one and only failed casino and move on to more important things. But if the casino succeeds, then we just brought some new jobs and much needed tax revenue to the state.

9. Unlike the previous proposals, this one will actually create a real casino with table games. It’s not just about adding lame slot machines to racetracks.

10. I like to play poker and I don’t want to drive 3 hours to Indiana to do it.

  • Modern Esquire

    Yeah, we should always pass constitution amendments to give one company with no track record in the State a constituionally protected monopoly.

    You know the constitution once banned alcohol. We repealed it. We’ll repeal the same sex-ban or it will be declared unconstitutional under the “full faith and credit” clause of the U.S. Constitution.

    No offense, but citing the gay marriage ban is about the weakest argument I can imagine.

  • Matthew

    I have to agree with Modern. Under this Amendment, there’s no “trying it out with one casino.”

    Let me put it this way. The big loophole in Issue 6 that everyone keeps mentioning is that the Wilmington casino taxes match the lowest taxed casino in Ohio.

    Casinos on Native American land don’t pay taxes.

    If a second casino does go up on Native American land in Ohio, which is likely in the next few years, the Wilmington casino doesn’t pay taxes either.

  • One step at a time, Modern.

    Ohioans have shown they aren’t ready to open up the whole state to gambling.

    But, with this change, they might consider a test case – which is how you should consider this Casino bill.

    If this one works, then we can move to expanding gaming in the state.

    If it doesn’t, then we only have one casino to shut down.

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  • It would be a mistake to make it a test case. Once Pandora’s box is open, you can’t get everything back inside and shut the lid on it. Once done, it can’t be undone.

  • Pandora’s box? Really? Talk about unrelated examples.

    You think the ills, toils and sickness of the world will be unleashed by a single resort casino in the middle of Ohio?


    Makes me wonder why Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania haven’t imploded by now.

  • So you think we have an Indian Casino coming to Ohio Matthew?

    Do you have some secret contacts inside the department of the interior?

    Is so – please email me the details so I can invest now in the company that will be getting the contracts!

  • The casino you would open in your “test case” couldn’t be shut down. Once the door opens, it’s open, and the damage can’t be undone. You are mistaken to put Kentucky on your list, but Indiana and Michigan have definitely been plundered by casinos to the point where their economies have taken a beating. Don’t be Joe the Plunderblunder (not to be mistaken for Joe the Plumber) and add that extra L to the name of the blog by making the blunder of legalizing the plunder of the casinos.

  • Matthew is right. The prominent financier of Issue 6, Lyle Berman, also happens to be a major financier of several “Indian” casinos. Funny how some “good old boy” white guys find ways to back every single casino.

  • Amber

    Just hang a sign that says,
    “Ohio Closed for Business.”

    Many of you miss the point completely.

    Gambling is THE DESIRE SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.The poorest of the poor THAT don’t want to WORK for fortune, just get one for the price of a lottery ticket. Gambling can be an addiction. It is ignorance or addiction.

    Let’s make prostitution legal, so it will bring in tourism.

    Where are the Citizens for Community Values?

    Sooo let’s have no casinos because it hurts the poor, no industry because of pollution, no energy production because of pollution, no business because they are taxed out of the state or we demand to high a minimum wage & high income tax, benefits (even for people that don’t like to work) and outrageous terms for paid sick leave.

    Ohio’s unemployment is 7.1% as of last week. The highest in the nation. Anyone wonder why?
    The balance has gone out of government. Republican’s can’t get it right (corruption) neither can the democrats.

    Russo thinks that the casino money should be invested in dot.coms?
    Ask Amazon how that idea works.

    There are reasons that businesses are not moving to Texas and Arizona and NOT Ohio. Did I mention Mexico?

    Russo should stick to politics and stay out of business. That is why he begs for donations. He’s poor.

    Joe, you are more right than any of them.

    Ohio is CLOSED for business.
    Please form a line to the LEFT to receive your food stamps and public assistance.

    Whoo! Whoo! The Obama Express, next stop Detroit!

  • Matthew

    Will one open? I don’t know. But there’s definite movement on that front.


    Besides the big tax loophole, there’s a second one that concerns me: Part 6 of Issue 6 allows the Wilmington Casino to disregard all local and state laws, as well as the Ohio Constitution, if it would prevent the Casino’s “operation.”

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  • Rosie

    There is no way that a native american tribe will be federally recognized in Ohio. They would have to be federally recognized before they could buy land and open a casino, and it’s just not going to happen. They have tried but it’s not going to happen. Joe is right, this IS a ‘test’ case and we can correct the problems that people have pointed out with the bill.

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