Ohio Senator Renews Fight Against Gambling
As reported by the Chronicle: "U.S. Sen. George Voinovich said Monday he's ready to battle again with gambling proponents who want to expand legalized gambling in the state but warned that this time the foe is much stronger. "Voinovich, who opposes putting any proposal for slot machines in Ohio on the Nov. 7 ballot, told reporters and editors at The Chronicle-Telegram the costs of gambling far outweigh any benefit. ".Horse racetrack owners and others are pushing the proposed Learn and Earn amendment to Ohio's constitution, which would allow slot machines at each of Cleveland's seven race tracks, the Nautica Entertainment Complex and Tower City. If approved, the machines will generate an estimated $2.3 billion annually with $700 million of that earmarked for college scholarship programs. "But Voinovich cautioned voters that only people running the slot machines will benefit in the long run because of the money those billions of dollars that will be lost in state revenue, and therefore programs."