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Michigan casino amendment resurfaces for upcoming ballot

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February 15, 2011

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LANSING, Michigan: Expanding casino gaming is back for another round. Michigan Is Yours has filed an initiated constitutional amendment to authorize casino gaming at seven casinos in the state of Michigan and is currently circulating petitions for the 2012 ballot.

A similar proposal was filed in 2010 however, supporters failed to submit the minimum required number of signatures to qualify the measure for the statewide ballot.Specifically the measure called for authorizing non-tribal casinos in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Benton Harbor, Muskegon and Port Huron.

The 2012 effort would authorize casinos in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, Romulus, Benton Harbor, Saginaw and Mount Clemens.[1][2]

According to the proposal, the casinos would be subject to a 19% wagering tax on their adjusted gross receipts. The funds would be dedicated as follows:[3]

  • 20% would go to fund the Pure Michigan advertising campaign
  • 38% would fund the Michigan Promise Scholarship program
  • 27% would go to local units of government where casinos are located
  • remaining funds would go to the School Aid Fund

In order to place the measure on the November 2012 ballot supporters must collect a minimum of 322,609 valid signatures by July 9, 2012.

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