Officials in Columbus and Dayton Dayton are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
A move by Ohio legislators to clarify how the state’s four new gambling casinos will be taxed is prompting the threat of a lawsuit and a warning about new jobs being delayed or lost.
Developers of a West Side casino broke ground Monday despite an on-going battle with the city of Columbus over water and sewer rights. WOSU reports developer Penn National Gaming plans to move forward with construction.
Franklin County Commissioners passed a resolution that will get clean water to neighborhoods in so-called “pockets of pollution.” But WOSU reports the agreement comes on the heels of a fall out between the City of Columbus and the West Side casino developers giving the city an advantage in the annexation debate.
The four Ohio casinos that voters approved won’t begin producing revenue for quite a while. But at least one city is already divvying up the future proceeds. That’s Cincinnati. But in Columbus, city leaders are a bit more circumspect on how they’ll use the money.
The House and Senate have both passed bills creating rules to oversee Ohio’s four casinos. But with time ticking toward a deadline next week, the work is far from over.
Casinos won’t be up and running for two years in Ohio but that’s not stopping some out of town dealer training schools looking for business of their own.
The developers behind the casino ballot issue approved by voters met Tuesday with the governor and legislative leaders.
During the heated campaign over the ohio casino ballot issue, there were suspicions that a Minnesota casino company was helping finance the Vote YES side. Backers of the plan said that wasn’t true, but NOW, it turns out, it IS true.
Ohio voters, hard hit by the economic downturn have opened the state to casino gambling after an expensive campaign promising thousands of jobs. Issue 3 passed 53 percent to 47 percent.
Just hours after Ohio voters approved a ballot issue authorizing gambling casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo, some critics are already proposing changes. And under one scenario, voters would be asked to approve them.