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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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1dees2cents(38 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Tough Budget Times Kasich?????
It is tough for everyone, and you want to take from our teachers, firefighters and police.
After SB5, I do not listen to a thing that you say !!
And I can not wait until the next election so that we can get rid of you !!!!!!!!!

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2arteesto(22 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

How the hell did this guy ever get elected? Can we impeach him?
The new casinos will generate millions of dollars in revenue for Ohio. Now Kasich should concenrate in getting slots in the racetracks and our casino in Youngstown for much, much more revenue and JOBS for our beloved state.... PRONTO!

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3VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The revenues will fall short because the casinos are 20 years too late. There are now far too many casinos out there and the competition will be fierce. With the rising price of gasoline, you will see many people staying close to home, so the casinos in the cities will only see local customers.

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4chairman(12 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

As with some many other things John Kasich needs to remind himself that the
voters of Ohio voted for Casions. The majority rules in a democracy even though the Governor will like to think that
he is ruling and aristotic society.
We voted for casios---nobody asked you
whether you agree with that vote or not"idiot".

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5stewie(109 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

He got elected because enough Democrats wouldn't get off their lazy butts and take the time to go vote against him! Now we are stuck with him for the duration.

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6mrblue(989 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I believe that this guy got elected because those that thought he wouldn't--------didn't vote. He won by a very narrow margin--------and now we have to deal with it.

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7lovethebuckeyes(32 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

1. He got elected because the Democratic Gov. before him ran up a budget that was 8 BILLION in the red, and did nothing about it. He campaigned on what became SB5 and got elected. If you don’t like SB5 please post exactly how much you are willing to raise your taxes to compensate for the saving it will derive. Remember you will be voting to raise you taxes to pay the benefits of employees who probably have a significantly grater income and benefit package than you do. Less expense or more taxes. In Illinois the increase was about 66% "Illinois Lawmakers Approve 66% Tax Hike"

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8stonehead(25 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm a government employee i pay taxes just like everyone else . i pay the same for gas, electric, insurance.etc sb5 has nothing to do with money .. it's to get rid of unions so Dem's can't raise money to run tell it like it is .. i forgot republicans don't want to here or tell the truth

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9palbubba(664 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Amen lovethe buckeyes. Government employess get their raises stonehead by feeding at the public trough. The Valley run by Democrats for generations is the most depressed area in the state. What does that tell you? If any of you can take your Democrat blinders off you might be able to rcognize the problem. Kasich has been in office all of 3 months and already the Valley residents are ready to impeach him. Strickland (D) put us in this mess and Kasich is trying to get us out, give him a chance before you crucify him. Two faced Obama has been in office for 27 months during which we have seen unemployment go up, deficit spending is rampant, we have illegal czars on the government payroll and the Valley is silent about his total incompetancy.

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10michael1757(276 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Did you know that not voting,is worse than voting for the wrong candidate. Going on a percentage registered to vote,vs. the percentage not voting,well,the point is,just get out & vote...so we can get rid of kasich next election.

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11mdmagana(6 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

He got elected because everyone is sick of Unions and their B.S.

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12valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

He got elected because Strickland, like Taft, was a pathetic Governor.

#FACT

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13dees2cents(38 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Valleyred,

Totally agree !!!!

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