State Approves Ballot Effort for Private Casino Expansion

Apr 3, 2012

Supporters of casino expansion in Michigan are moving ahead with efforts to put the issue before voters this November.

The State Board of Canvassers approved ballot language for the initiative on Tuesday.  With enough signatures, voters would decide whether to amend the Michigan constitution and pave the way for up to eight new private establishments across the state.

Attorney Michael Hodge represents the ‘Committee for More Michigan Jobs,’ the group spearheading the effort.  

“People in Michigan don’t seem to be able to get enough of casinos," he says. " And each time one is developed, it is well-attended. Our assumption is that these will be very popular with the voters.”

The group claims the eight new casinos could create 16,000 new jobs and $300 million for municipalities and schools.

A spokesperson representing some existing casinos says the current 25 establishments are enough given recent population declines.