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Akron mayor backs slots gambling

27 October 2006

AKRON, Ohio – As reported by the Plain Dealer: "Any misgivings Mayor Donald Plusquellic may have had about a state issue to allow gambling were overcome by the need to support economic development in Cleveland and college education.

"Plusquellic said Wednesday that he supports Issue 3. He was approached by Cleveland politicians and leaders in business to take a stand on changing the Ohio Constitution to allow up to 31,500 electronic-slot machines at Ohio's seven racetracks and two sites in downtown Cleveland. Thirty percent of slots revenue would go to college grants and scholarships.

"Plusquellic said he spoke to opponents and decided that he is tired of watching decades of discussions to develop Cleveland, including its lakefront and convention center, stall because no one can reach a consensus. The support by Cleveland officials of Issue 3 impressed him.

"…Plusquellic joins Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, State Sen. Eric Fingerhut and U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones in supporting Issue 3. Numerous elected officials statewide oppose the issue, including U.S. Sen. George Voinovich and Gov. Bob Taft…"

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