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Oregon casino battle heats up again

28 November 2007

REGON -- As reported by the Gresham Outlook: "The battle over a proposed mega-casino in Wood Village is picking up where it left off two years ago when the two proponents of this idea ran out of time to collect signatures for the November 2006 election ballot.

"Two Lake Oswego businessmen – Matthew Rossman and Bruce Studer – recently filed three more prospective ballot measures with the secretary of state's office, thereby signaling their intent to move forward with an initiative campaign in 2008. The new initiatives are better written than the ones Rossman and Studer advanced in 2006, but the basic premise is the same: The pair still want to overturn Oregon's constitutional ban on non-tribal casinos so that they can have the one and only private casino in the entire state.

"Rossman and Studer have tweaked their proposal to make it more marketable. They now propose allocating a portion of the casino's adjusted gross revenues to children's health care – as well as to education – and they have upped the amount of money that would go to local cities..."

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