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Supreme Court says slots at racetracks subject to referendum

There are 72 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 21, 2009, titled Supreme Court says slots at racetracks subject to referendum. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A patron plays a slot machine at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa.

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Lawrenceburg, IN

#61 Sep 21, 2009
What I love from the non informed public is that they think every slots proposal is the same as the last one. What a joke. Stickland's plan would have given Ohio a great deal compared to this Issue 3.

Penn National is playing both sides of the fence. They are the funding behind that sham of an organization Letohiovote. One of the earlier posts said it correctly.. Issue 3 passes.. signatures for LetOhiovote will disappear... Issue 3 doesn't pass... there will be more than enough signatures to have another vote in 2010.

One of the earlier posters said all Ohio has to do is raise the sales tax a penny and all is OK???

LOL If it was that easy then I would think Strickland wouldn't have bet his political career on slots at the tracks if all he had to do was raise the state sales tax!!
Not Over Yet

Bellefontaine, OH

#62 Sep 21, 2009
Gov has lots of options !!!!He said slots will be in Tracks by May 2010 again today, I dont think he has to listen to the court he can do another executive order over riding what they say, so at the end he wins anyway?

Findlay, OH

#63 Sep 21, 2009
This is the USA not China or Russia, the people have the right to vote on things that affect them like legalize gambling. Once the State starts deciding what is best for the people, it won't be long before the desires of the people will be ignored. Do the people of Ohio really want the Governor of Ohio deciding what is best for them?
Taxing Ted

Grove City, OH

#64 Sep 21, 2009
Hayduke wrote:
Gov.Ted should call an emergency session.....replace the last budget bill with one that does NOT include gambling, but is paid for by a temporary sales tax increase of 1cent for 3 years......They would be unpopular, but respected for doing what is necessary.....and probably win the next elections
Democrats are great at raising taxes!!!
If I Only Had a BRAIN

Columbus, OH

#65 Sep 22, 2009
HaHaHa...perhaps the final nail in the coffin known as the state of Ohio. Once again, while the world improves a bit (with more to come), Ohio finishes LAST in everything! i would love to see a recent, realistic IQ survey nationwide. My bets are on Ohio HypoChristian Extremist Republicans to finish LAST...
No New Taxes

South Bend, IN

#66 Sep 22, 2009
Bob wrote:
9-twelver... The tracks didn't pay the fee because of this very scenario. Harrah's bought Thistledown up in Cleveland. Churchill Downs and Penn National were rumored to buy Beulah Park. River Downs was also going to sell part of their operation.
Guess what.. Thats not happening.
Hmm..voters in Columbus raised their own income tax. What is it about $100 extra for every 10,000 u make? Well.. fees and taxes are going up big time. The lower and middle class are going to be CRUSHED. This is a CRISIS. Way to go Ohio Supreme Court.
Bob- I beg to differ. Voters in Columbus raised the taxes of the non-resident workers who didn't have a vote. If all taxpayers got a vote, this tax would have gone down in a landslide.
No New Taxes

South Bend, IN

#67 Sep 22, 2009
Topper wrote:
<quoted text>
All is NOT lost.....All is Not doom&gloom..
And increase of 1 cent....ONE PENNY in the sales tax is more than enough to cover the budget for 2 - 3 years.......I don't call that "through the roof"
Topper - at what point do we say no to increased government spending? 1 penny now, what about the $6 billion we will be short because of one-time "stimulus" money? You want a 14% sales tax? Because that's where we are headed if we don't get spending in order. You would pay $4,200 just to but a new $30,000 vehicle. Bet that will stimulate car sales!
No New Taxes

South Bend, IN

#68 Sep 22, 2009
And lest you think I'm from Santa Monica, I live in Columbus and am sitting at the airport in Chicago.

Columbus, OH

#69 Sep 22, 2009
This is a real shame to places like here in Grove City. This would have created tons of new jobs that are desperatly need in Franklin Co. Not only at Beulah, but at Scioto as well. The tax money that would have be raised here in Grove City alone, was going to be huge. Just in bed-taxes and from the many more patrons visiting local resturants, especially those that sit right off of 270. What we will now see is 265 acres of empty waste (Beulah Park property). It's bad enough that we have so many empty warehouses in this town, now this!

“jimmy agler”

Since: Jul 09

grandview hts

#70 Sep 22, 2009
Topper wrote:
You drive 2+ hours to a smokefilled casino......lose more money than you 2+ hours back........
And you don't think you have a gambling problem, because "it relaxes me"....I enjoy it".....and's my life and my money....I can do with it what I want"......
Dopers don't think they have a "drug" problem, because "it relaxes me"....."I enjoy it"....And's my life...etc...etc...etc
does being the morals police for all of us wear you out or does it "relax you"?

“jimmy agler”

Since: Jul 09

grandview hts

#71 Sep 22, 2009
Taxing Ted wrote:
<quoted text>Democrats are great at raising taxes!!!
don't let the fact that strickland cut spending instead of raising taxes affect you from putting out your misinformation

United States

#72 Sep 30, 2009
Bob in Fort Wayne

You pretty much nailed it. Most people in Ohio have no idea that Penn National is the backer for and I would venture to say that most people in Ohio have no idea the real reason behind this group.

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