- Toledo Tuskegee Airman savors inauguration – Toledo Blade
- State Treasurer fought obstacles on way to success – Dayton Daily News
- Op-Ed, Thomas Suddes: Don’t bet on Casino cure for budget woes – The Plain Dealer
- Editorial: Don’t just give it away – Columbus Dispatch
- Op-Ed, Joe Hallett: Voinovich look back – Columbus Dispatch
- Op-Ed, Dennis Willard: Tax Overhaul Needs Revisit - Akron Beacon Journal
- Demise of big city Republicans hurts GOP – Dayton Daily News
- Valley car dealers keep close watch on economy – Youngstown Vindicator
- Strickland working through clemency decisions – Columbus Dispatch
- Dark days for retail – Columbus Dispatch
- Prisons, drugs: A daily war – Columbus Dispatch
- FBI looking at Cleveland suburb – Associated Press
- Hobson to join Vorys, Sater – Columbus Dispatch
- U.S. Supreme Court to review Ohio case – Columbus Dispatch
- $1 billion in worker givebacks sought by state – Columbus Dispatch
- Editorial: Fingerhut clear about higher-ed priorities – Youngstown Vindicator
- State employees stunned by concession requests – The Plain Dealer
Ohio Sunday Papers | January 18, 2009 | Ohio Tuskegee Airman, Kevin Boyce, Casinos, Strickland, Ohio Economy, Cuyahoga Corruption, Fingerhut, OCSEA, Hobson, Voinovich, Taxes
Ohio’s Friday Morning Papers May Have Clarification from Gov. Strickland on Casino Gambling, Lottery
The Youngstown Vindicator tonight is teasing a story set for Friday’s edition which seems to indicate there will be no expansion of the state lottery or easing of restrictions on casino gambling in the upcoming state budget:
COLUMBUS — Gov. Ted Strickland told reporters he hopes the coming two-year operating budget can be developed without turning to expanded taxes or gambling as means of generating additional revenue.
Asked whether his biennial budget, to be presented to lawmakers in coming weeks, will include funds from expanded casino gaming or lottery proceeds, the governor replied, “I anticipate that there will not be provisions of that nature.”
He added, “I am working as best I can, and it’s not a complete document yet, but I am working as best I can to craft a budget that will not have expanded gambling as a part of it.”
Strickland answered Statehouse reporters’ questions today about a perceived softening in his stance on expanded gambling.
Strickland was cornered by several reporters after a speaking engagement at an event today to honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It looks like the some of the questions were about whether state leaders are looking to gambling revenue as some sort of quick fix to the state’s budget problems.
If restrictions were lifted in some measure on casino gambling in Ohio, I would hope it would be a stand-alone bill, fully deliberated through a committee process. It’s bad enough we have term-tarded state legislators who aren’t in their jobs long enough to immerse themselves in issues or the operations of the government they lord over. A big decision like that which may be made on gambling is a long-view thing that shouldn’t be rushed as part of what will be an already tense budget negotiation due to a weak economy and its effect on state receipts.
Ohio Newsbreak – January 14 – Winter Weather Ohio-Style, Pimp Daddy, Gamboling to Gambling, Traficant
- Governor softens a bit on gambling – Columbus Dispatch
- Speaker: Gambling may have its place – Columbus Dispatch
- Will Republicans Rebuild in 2009? – The Plain Dealer
- Portman wants U.S. Senate seat – Dayton Daily News
- Voinovich on Geithner – Pay your taxes – The Plain Dealer
- Dayton officials going to Washington with tin cup – Dayton Daily News
- Toll hike for truckers modest: Pike Chief – Toledo Blade
- House votes to expand SCHIP – The Plain Dealer
- Thousands added to Toledo Census count – Toledo Blade
- Traficant to skip early release – Columbus Dispatch
- Icy temps, snow grip Ohio – Columbus Dispatch
- How do they decide how to close school – Columbus Dispatch
- Battelle to add 200 jobs – Columbus Dispatch
- Capital Notes – Columbus Dispatch
- Brown staffer headed to White House – The Plain Dealer
- McFadden allegedly pimpin’ on Craig’s List – Dayton Daily News
This endless casino debate in Ohio wears on me. I’m sick of hearing about it. I’m sick of gaming machine manufacturers trying to buy our politicians. I’m sick of casino owners with their outlandish TV campaigns. I’m not much of a gambler or casino goer. There’s no particular reason.
Here’s what I’m thinking. If people want to throw their money away, and if they have fun doing it; well, it’s their money. But let’s cut all the bullshit. Just legalize it. Set the parameters, legalize it, and whoever wants to build one of these gaudy things, let ‘em build it. I don’t like state legislators or government officials meeting with specific gaming interests. No favorites, no chances to get corrupted. Just legalize it, set the rules and treat everyone the same.
But … tax the HELL out of it. No economic development breaks, these companies make money hand over fist. With the new state bureaucracy which will need to be created to regulate the industry, we could give tax breaks only to gaming companies that have loose slots.
There’s something unseemly about everyone and their brother being against the casino ballot initiative just a few months ago, and now Penn National Gaming is all over Cap Square. There’s something cynical about being a state where casino gambling is not legal, but if state revenues are down, well, we’ll reconsider.
The Cincinnati Enquirer took a night off from covering Kentucky and actually published a pretty good story on the state of the gaming debate here in Ohio and who has been meeting with who. Check it out.
Ohio Sunday Papers: January 11, 2009 – Education, Homebuilders, Gambling Debate, Salmonella, Ohio Legislature, UT, BGSU, Casinos, Budget Cuts
- Op-Ed, Dennis Willard: Economy easy to blame – Akron Beacon Journal
- Strickland cracks door on casinos – The Plain Dealer
- Gambling proponents to try again – Toledo Blade
- Editorial: That Gambling Itch – Akron Beacon Journal
- Casino backers not giving up in Ohio – Dayton Daily News
- Op-Ed: Time for casinos in Ohio – The Plain Dealer
- Editorial: Comity in the legislature – Toledo Blade
- Op-Ed, Thomas Suddes: Auspicious beginning for Budish – The Plain Dealer
- New faces abound in local Statehouse delegation – Dayton Daily News
- Editorial: Ohio public universities and colleges need to cut to – The Plain Dealer
- Editorial: Ohio Supreme Court and Public Information – The Plain Dealer
- Op-Ed, Jonathan Riskind: Homebuilders want stimulus to help home buyers – Columbus Dispatch
- Salmonella prompts Ohio peanut butter recall – Associated Press
- UT, BGSU pledge more cooperation – Toledo Blade
- District leaders call 2008 turning point – Columbus Dispatch
- Nothing goes to waste – Columbus Dispatch
- Investors want tally of salvaged gold – Columbus Dispatch
- D.C. Dispatches – Columbus Dispatch
- Rehab effort no deal for city – Columbus Dispatch
- Editorial: One of the shuttles must rest in Dayton – Dayton Daily News
- Rep. Fudge committee assignments – The Plain Dealer
- Op-Ed, Aaron Marshall: Budish begins leaving mark – The Plain Dealer