Ohio voters to decide on bond renewal and Columbus casino next week

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April 27, 2010

By Bailey Ludlam

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COLUMBUS, Ohio: In exactly a week, on May 4th, Ohio voters will be head to the polls to decide on two statewide ballot measures: Ohio Third Frontier Bond Renewal, Issue 1 and Ohio Columbus Casino Relocation, Issue 2.

Issue 1, also known as the Third Frontier Bond Renewal, proposes authorizing the state to approve an estimated $700 million bond over four years on the Ohio Third Frontier program, a program that promotes growth in the technology industry. The program was started in 2002 and is currently supported by Gov. Ted Strickland, who calls the program a "significant investment in Ohio’s economy and cornerstone of Ohio’s economic growth strategy." However, opponents argue that the program is "corporate welfare" and investments by the program should be left to the private sector and not the state.

On the other hand, Issue 2 calls for relocating the Columbus-area casino; one of the four casinos locations that were accepted in the November 3, 2009 statewide election. The alternate location for the casino is the former Delphi Corp. auto-parts plant. Penn National Gaming, Inc., the developer of the casino, has agreed to build the casino at the suggested former Delphi Corp. plant, however, in order to change the location an amendment is required. Supporters argue that the jobs that would be created by the casino are needed at the proposed location. However, opponents say that voters have already voted on the issue, in November 2009.

On the ballot:

Type Title Subject Description
LRSS Issue 1 Bond issues Authorize the state to spend $1 billion over five years through bonding on the Ohio Third Frontier program
LRCA Issue 2 Gambling Change the location from the Arena District to the former Delphi Corp. auto-parts plant

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