Church Leaders “Disappointed” By Governor Strickland’s Slots Proposal.

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Governor Ted Strickland has changed his stand and is now asking Ohio legislators to approve a plan to authorize thousands of slot machines at race tracks. But, critics of the plan are vowing to fight it in court.

Two leaders of the United Methodist Church in Ohio say they’re disappointed that Gov. Ted Strickland now supports expanded gambling.

Bishop Bruce Ough of the church’s West Ohio Conference and Bishop John Hopkins of the East Ohio Conference said Monday that expanded gambling exploits individuals and is based on a false hope that a quick fix to the state’s budget gap is possible.

Ough says he and Hopkins have met frequently with Strickland, who is an ordained Methodist minister but not active in ministry.

Announcing his racetrack slots proposal on Friday, Strickland said he had made a difficult but necessary choice to help balance the state budget.

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