Groups Attempt To Stop Spread of Casinos

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Groups wanting to stop the spread of casinos in Michigan say they'll file a lawsuit to try to halt a fall referendum that would allow more gambling halls.
The lawsuit by a group called Protect MI Vote says the ballot question is illegal because it would change the Michigan Constitution and state law. The group plans to ask the Michigan appeals court Wednesday to block the secretary of state from approving petitions submitted by another group called Citizens for More Michigan Jobs.
Opponents of casino expansion are American Indian tribes and others who own casinos in Detroit and elsewhere in Michigan.
Backers of the casino referendum include ex-House Speaker Rick Johnson and ex-legislator and state budget director Mitch Irwin. Spokeswoman Emily Palsrok says the critics just don't want competition.

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  • by Johnny Location: Lansing on Jul 24, 2012 at 06:20 PM
    It would seem prudent, if the people of Michigan do indeed desire casinos, they be owned and operated by individuals/corporations paying taxes into the state. The “pluses” would include some control over casino side operations as well as, if necessary, red-tape free law enforcement access. While even with the additional revenue, Michigan would still initially net a loss; the possibility of increased tourism dollars from out of state might be realized as patrons, hopefully, flock to a safer gaming venue.
  • by you know it Location: Delhi on Jul 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    Losers. Do something better in your life.
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