Issue 3 Debate; Gambling in Ohio

I’m not taking a stand either way on Issue 3, the proposal to bring free standing Las Vegas style casinos to Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo, so don’t take it as such.

But what caught my ear in a commercial the other day was what opponents of Issue 3 claim as one of it’s downfalls.  That at no time will it create 34,000 jobs for Ohioans.  That many of those jobs will go to highly skilled workers from other parts of the country rather than taking the time to train Ohio workers.

Would I like to see Ohioans in those jobs? Absolutely 100%.  But let’s not forget that we as a state and especially in Northeast Ohio are hemorrhaging residents.  In fact in a story I did on the subject in 2008 I pointed out that  in a 7 year period the city of Cleveland alone lost an average of 15 people a day.

 So is it necessarily a bad thing that people will actually move to Ohio for jobs?  That they’ll maybe buy up some of our housing stock and pump their savings (earned elsewhere) here into Ohio?

The debate on gambling is a great one with many great back and forth’s to come, arguments that hopefully create more of a discussion than this one.

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One Response to “Issue 3 Debate; Gambling in Ohio”

  1. Tom Says:

    All going to proposed Ohio casinos (including Ohioans) will see no return for the money they gambled away. And of those dollars spent, only 33% will return to Ohio; the other 66% going into the casino. To get a $1.0 billion return, a casino would need to get 500 busloads (50 Ohio people each), who would gamble at least $50,00/day for 180 days every year. Is this possible? Do Ohio gamblers have that kind of money?
    1500 min. wage jobs; 500 Professional casino jobs ; 2000 Construction jobs for Ohioans and 1000 local service jobs. These are per casino, total is 20,000 jobs. What are the remaining 14,000 jobs? Casino Income: (500 buses taking 50 Ohioans each for 350 days per year, each losing $100 is $750 million. 30% tax on this is: $250 million, from Ohioans, who might have bought goods and services in Ohio. Finally, since Issue 3 is a Constitutional Amendment, no changes, without another CA.

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