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Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Casinos and racinos contributed $3 billion to Ohio’s economy in 2014, gaming association report says

September 24, 2015

 

By Karen Farkas 

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio’s 11 casinos and racinos contributed $3 billion to the state’s economy in 2014 and supported approximately 17,600 jobs, according to a study commissioned by the American Gaming Association.

Gambling also generated approximately $917 million in total tax revenues.

The report was released Tuesday as officials of the gaming association, which represents the commercial casino entertainment industry, met with legislators and other officials at Hollywood Casino Columbus to discuss the economic impact of gaming.

The association, as part of a national “Gaming Votes” initiative, said it is visiting battleground states to educate presidential candidates about the positive economic impact of casinos.

The association announced in February that it was mobilizing casino and racino employees in Ohio and other states to educate candidates about the importance of the industry.

The gaming association had Oxford Economics research the industry’s effect in Ohio. Oxford compiled information from federal, state, and private data.

The new report updates an Oxford report on Ohio released last year, when eight casinos and racinos were open.

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