michigan is yours http://michiganradio.org en Ballot proposal would put casinos in seven Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/ballot-proposal-would-put-casinos-seven-michigan-cities <p>New casinos would open in seven Michigan cities, under a <a href="http://michiganisyours.org/">measure </a>a group hopes to get onto the ballot in 2012.</p><p>Bill Thompson is a casino expert from Las Vegas who helped draft the proposed constitutional amendment, which calls for a 19% wagering tax for the casinos. He says it would raise about $400 million in tax revenues. More than half the money would fund college scholarships and a tourism ad campaign.</p><p>Thompson says much of the rest would go to the communities that host the casinos:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This will bring money into Saginaw, Benton Harbor &ndash; two cities that are in desperate financial situations, also Lansing, Grand Rapids &ndash; two cities that need help.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The measure also calls for casinos in Mount Clemens, Detroit and Romulus, where Alan Lambert is the mayor:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;There&rsquo;s so many people out of work. In my own community there&rsquo;s a lot of people out of work. So to a city like Romulus this means revenue obviously, and it means a lot of jobs.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Detroit&rsquo;s three existing casinos will likely put on a vigorous fight to block the measure. And since it&rsquo;s a statewide vote, opponents say it takes away residents&rsquo; rights to decide whether they want a casino in their communities.</p><p>The group failed to get a similar measure onto the 2010 ballot. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:48:59 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1874 at http://michiganradio.org Ballot proposal would put casinos in seven Michigan cities