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Kasich hints he may raise casino fees
The governor says he will hire a consultant to determine "the best" options for Ohio's gambling.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Gov. John Kasich is hinting that he’ll ask casino operators for more money than is required by the constitutional amendment they backed and voters passed in 2009.

Under the constitutional amendment, the four casinos opening in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo must pay $50 million each in licensing fees and invest $250 million dollars or more in their casinos. They’re also to pay a 33 percent tax on casino revenues. Kasich says he won’t try to increase the tax rate, but may be asking for extra payments up front.  

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 “VLTs” are video slot machines that the racing industry wants to install at Ohio’s seven horse tracks.

The governor plans to hire a gambling consultant by the end of next week. Casino operators say any delay could cause trouble for them. That’s because it could make it tougher for them to get financing to build their casinos.

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