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Gov. Kasich says taxpayers got bad deal with casinos



Published: Thu, April 14, 2011 @ 8:50 a.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. John Kasich says Ohio should get more money from the casinos planned for Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo.

The Republican told reporters on Wednesday he thinks taxpayers “got a bad deal” with the casino operators. He says the companies should be willing to help the state amid what he described as “tough budget times.”

The casino constitutional amendment approved by Ohio voters in 2009 calls for the casinos to pay one-time licensing fees of $50 million and a 33 percent tax on their gross revenues.

Asked to comment on Kasich’s remarks, a spokesman for the developer of the Columbus and Toledo casinos told The Columbus Dispatch the current fees and tax rate are “very fair, very competitive.”


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