COLUMBUS, Ohio - The chairman of the Ohio Jobs & Growth Committee announced
Wednesday that the Ohio AFL-CIO is endorsing its plan to develop four casinos in
the state. The chairman, Charlie Luken, described the union backing as "strong
confirmation of our belief that this proposed constitutional amendment can help
Ohio's working men and women navigate these treacherous economic times."
The Ohio AFL-CIO represents 700,000 workers in 40 national unions. Its
president, Joe Rugola, said "The time is right for Ohioans to embrace a
responsible gaming proposal. This initiative will keep our gaming dollars
in-state, create thousands of good jobs and generate billions in tax revenues."
The plan is a proposed constitutional amendment for the November ballot that
will license 4 casinos, one each in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.
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