Cleveland, Ohio — There has been a big stir over the 2009 election results of Issue 3 Ohio. But like it or not it, appears that Ohio casinos are coming. Issue 3, which will amend the Ohio constitution to allow gambling and casinos in the state, passed with a margin of 1.6 million to 1.4 million.
This is the fifth time that Ohio has included an issue on the ballot on whether casinos should be allowed in the state. It appears that this time around people fell for the misleading advertisements playing towards their emotions about bringing jobs to Ohio. Before voting on November 3, there were several advertisements that were put out by politicians as well as Penn National gaming Inc. about how passing issue 3 in Ohio will bring thousands of jobs to the state. But what else do these Ohio casinos bring with them?
Being from a suburb of one of the cities that will be getting a new casino, I don’t see this issue 3 passing as a positive thing. For anybody who did their research before voting they would know that this is simply not just introducing these 4 Ohio casinos. The issue came with much more than that.
Ohio issue 3 bans all other types of gambling in the state including fundraisers from schools or churches called “casino night” or “night at the races.”
The passing of Ohio’s issue 3 creates a monopoly for out of state casino owners. These casino owners only care about their money and not about the state of Ohio.
There is a loophole. These casinos pay no taxes on profits from cash wagering. Ohio is losing out big time on millions of dollars from this loophole, which most Ohio voters didn’t realize was there.
The extra tax that these Ohio casinos has to pay is only 33% while in other states it is anywhere from 50%-60%. This low of an amount may not be enough revenue to even see a change.
These Ohio casinos are going to be pulling business away from other current businesses. Small bars and restaurants are going to suffer with a large casino right down the street. The gaming centers and race tracks in Ohio are also going to lose a lot of business to the casinos. So, how exactly will this bring in so much more money when people are just taking away from the smaller guys and giving it to the large casino?
With the issue 3 2009 results come mixed emotions from many people. I for one am one of the many Ohioans who thinks that issue 3 passing is going to bring more harm to the state than good. There is no law that states that the casinos must hire people from Ohio to work for them. What will stop these casino owners from bringing employees from other states who are already trained for the higher paying jobs?
Although Ohio’s unemployment rate and economy are not doing the best right now, passing issue 3 and introducing these Ohio casinos was not the solution. One of the casinos is going to be built in the flats in downtown Cleveland. Could this mean that downtown Cleveland will turn into what Detroit, MI is? Could crime rates increase even more due to the casinos? These are all possibilities that may happen with the passing of issue 3 in Ohio.
The issue 3 Ohio results bring with it some strong emotions for me and many people that I know. We love our state and our city and only want the best, but Ohio casinos were definitely not the best decision for the state.