Economy central to Ohio casino fight

Oct 18, 2009 7:42 PM
Staff & Wire Reports |

Backers of a casino proposal on the Nov. 3 ballot in Ohio are counting on the state's abysmal economy to shift the winds in one of the nation's most stubborn anti-gambling states.

The campaign centers on jobs.

The pro-casino committee calls itself Ohio Jobs & Growth. And its omnipresent TV ads tout the 34,000 short- and long-term jobs that would be created by building casinos in Ohio's four largest cities. Unions in the state with unemployment topping 10 percent are working the phones.

Opponents say the jobs claims ignore social costs and the harm casinos could do to adjacent local businesses.

Ohio voters have rejected gambling issues four times in the past 19 years.