Dayton chamber throws support behind casinos

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (WDTN Photo)
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is throwing its support behind the gaming industry in Ohio.

It, along with several other state entities, filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief to the Ohio Supreme Court in support of the state in an ongoing lawsuit seeking the reversal of legalizing casinos and video lottery terminals at racetracks in Ohio.

The others listed in the filing are the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the Seafarers Entertainment and Allied Construction Trades Union, the Affiliated Construction Trades Ohio Foundation and Lebanon City School District.

All of those groups support an industry that they say provides thousands of jobs and construction development since Ohio voters approved the casinos in 2009.

“It is important for us to ensure that the businesses and individuals that could be impacted by this decision are heard by the Supreme Court,” said Chris Kershner, VP Public Policy & Economic Development at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. “The gaming industry has invested a significant amount of resources into our local communities and the state overall, and provided tens of thousands of jobs – in both construction and within the operations of the casinos and racetracks. We cannot let a small, fringe interest group set a precedent in this state that uses the court system to circumvent the actions of the voters, the legislators and the governor.”

The co-alition believes the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Walgate vs. Kasich, are politically motivated and a decision in their favor would negatively impact the state’s economy.

Dayton is home to Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway that opened in August 2014.

Lebanon is home to Miami Valley Gaming at the Lebanon Raceway.

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