Bill Cohen is reporting that John Kasich wants to raise taxes on the coming Ohio casinos.

According to Kasich: “I don’t think the state is getting its fair share from the casinos… There’s got to be a way for the state to benefit more from these casinos.”

Kasich, of course, refused to take any follow up questions from Bill, probably because he suddenly realized he didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.

Kasich says the casino tax situation is “complicated” but it is actually very straight forward.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment that requires the state to “levy a fixed tax of 33% of gross casino revenue received by each casino operator of the four casino facilities.”

And the language in the Amendment (and now in the Constitution) strictly forbids any other types of taxes or fees:

Except as otherwise provided in section 6(C), no other casino gaming-related state or local fees, taxes, or other charges (however measured, calculated, or otherwise derived) may be, directly or indirectly, applied to, levied against, or otherwise imposed upon gross casino revenue, casino operators, their operations, their owners, or their property.

The rate is fixed. And unless he can get a new amendment approved to alter the rate, it’s going to stay fixed.

To be honest, I actually agree with Kasich on this one. I think we definitely should be getting more taxes from the Casinos.

Then again, I wasn’t just elected Governor based on my platform of CUTTING taxes and REDUCING government regulation of businesses.

  • Anastasjoy

    Well, I opposed the casino amendment largely on the grounds that it was a fixed business deal written by the projected casino orders written into our Constitution so it COULD NOT BE CHANGED. This was clear to me. I stood up at meetings and pointed this out. I spoke against it at the Cuyahoga County executive committee endorsement meeting, pointing exactly this out to my friend Kenny Yuko who spoke in favor of it. (Yes, Kenny, I know you and Pam like to gamble for fun, and that’s FINE — but this is a business deal written into our Constitution, which to me is NOT fine.)

    So where was John Kasich? Did he speak out? I was upset that we allowed casino interests to write their own sweet deal, instead of simply legalizing gambling and the state setting the term. Does he even understand what happened? Or is this one more example of his “ignorance” the Plain Dealer mentioned when it — oops — endorsed him? Does he have a plan? This guy is a tool, a clown, and an asshole. It can’t be said often enough.

  • I’ve posted many times over the years why I’ve supported bringing casino gambling to Ohio and I supported this initiative as well. I don’t agree with everything in the amendment, especially not the tax and fee restrictions, but I do believe that once Ohioans realize casinos aren’t going to destroy the fabric of our society, as casino opponents have predicted, people might accept gaming as another reasonable source of jobs and tax revenue for the state.But as Anastasia clearly observes: that isn’t the point here.The point is that NPR statehouse reporters, political bloggers and almost anyone who has been paying the least bit attention to the casino story over the past few years has a better understanding of what’s going on than the newly elected Governor.”a tool, a clown, and an asshole” indeed.

  • Anastasjoy

    I have no issue with casino gambling. I’m completely agnostic on it. I don’t think it’s an amazing economic driver, nor do I think it’s the root of all evil. To me, it’s just an entertainment option people should be free to choose even though it doesn’t interest me. (I once went to Las Vegas for six days and did not gamble a single penny.) I just think the terms of gambling — the ownership, the locations, the tax rates, the license fees, the limits on competition — should not have been decided by the casino interests and written into the Constitution.

    But if John Kasch doesn’t understand what it means to write such provisions — or any provisions — into the Constitution, he has no right to be governor. I think it’s time to institute my proposal that any prospective officeholder has to pass a grade school level civics test before being allowed onto the ballot.

  • Shalom Y’all,I can’t wait until the casinos go belly up (yes, it happens) and the state discovers its losing money on the deal.B’shalom,Jeff

  • Guest

    Agreed Jeff.

  • sure raise taxes on them  republicans gave oil companies a tax break so the money must come from some where,oh wait they haven’t even open one in ohio yet so lets tax them more.GOOD WAY TO CREATE JOBS IN OHIO TAX A PLACE BEFORE IT OPENS. 

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