As Ohio continues to struggle with the economic downturn, another gaming proposal is vying for voter approval. A new coalition of gaming proponents, including Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, has proposed a ballot initiative that would allow four casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.
The 2008 gaming initiative failed in large part due to funding for the opposition by Penn National Gaming. Under this proposal, Penn National Gaming would own one of the four authorized casinos. The details of the new initiative remain to be seen, and it is unclear whether voters are ready for another gaming initiative so soon after the failure in 2008.