Groups Attack State Plans For Lottery, Video Slots
From ONN News.com
One aspect of Governor Tafts
plan to fund education is drawing fire from some state groups. Taft has proposed Ohio join
a multi-state lottery and have those revenues help boost the states school system.
Anti-gambling groups, however, are coming out in force to oppose Tafts plan. David
Zanotti, President of the Ohio Roundtable, says his group is concerned with the possible
proliferation of gambling throughout the state. The roundtable not only opposes the
multi-state lottery idea, but also installing video slot machines at racetracks, which
Zanotti says will turn racetracks into casinos. Both these proposals are steps in
the wrong direction. They are based on the flawed economics of gambling, Zanotti
Zanotti tells ONN he thinks lawmakers will try sneaking the proposals into a budget bill
so they will not require a stand-alone vote. The roundtable will first try to talk
legislators out of backing the proposals. Ohioans twice voted against casinos statewide
votes in 1990 and 1996. Zanotti says he is ready to file four lawsuits if legislators try
passing legislation that way.
The Ohio Roundtable is a non-profit, non-partisan education and research group.