More New Casinos in Michigan? Could Happen, If Advocacy Group Has its Way

Saw an item in a Grand Rapids, Michigan newspaper about a group that wanted to see 7 new casinos in Michigan — including one in Grand Rapids.

The group said it’s gonna start collecting signatures to put the issue on the ballot in November 2012.

”Michigan is Yours” members are confident the group will be able to get the more than 300,000 signatures necessary to put the measure before voters.

During a press conference Thursday in Romulus — one of the cities that would be home to a new casino — group members said the additional gaming halls would create jobs and spur economic growth.

”I think every city needs to look at something that creates opportunities for tourism and bringing people into the city,” Romulus developer and “Michigan is Yours” organizer Tony Gray said.

Under the proposed constitutional amendment, casinos would be built in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Romulus, Benton Harbor, Saginaw and Mount Clemens.

The language of the ballot proposal has already been approved by the state Board of Canvassers, and the group will have 180 days to collect the required number of signatures.

The measure would require the casinos to pay the same 19-percent wagering tax paid by corporate casinos in Detroit. That would provide revenue for “Michigan’s struggling urban centers,” the group says.

I think it’s a good idea. No, a grand idea.

Why the hell not?

Jobs, money for the state…and legal gambling. I’m for it.


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