Michigan casino amendment resurfaces for upcoming ballot
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.
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:
- 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
- Michigan Secretary of State,"Statewide Ballot Proposal Status November 6, 2012 General Election," January 3, 2011
- Associated Press,"Early MI ballot efforts target term limits, unions," December 17, 2010
- The Grand Rapids Press,"Group pitches privately-run casinos for Grand Rapids, six other Michigan cities," February 5, 2011