Ohio slots are planned on being installed at the racetracks within an estimated period of ten months. It is in an effort to help improve the state’s budget issues. This decision was based on the success of nearby Pennsylvania when they started using the same plan. Pennsylvania profited from a huge increase in tax revenue when they implemented slots at their racetracks and designated casinos. The state’s income tax showed a dramatic rise with nearly a billion dollars racked in three years after the change. In the fourth year, Pennsylvania’s state revenue was well more than a billion dollars. This is a highly anticipated event for gamblers, but many of the local religious groups are ready to oppose this new development.
Local churches, United Methodist Church and the Ohio Council of Churches, have already stated that they will make all exhausted efforts to prevent Ohio slots at the local racetracks. The churches are ready to go all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court in order to get a ruling against the new changes for being unconstitutional. Spokespersons for the churches are going to plead the case to local rulers to wait on moving in the slot machines until the court has reviewed their appeals or until the state legislators decide to detain the progress. Members of the churches will also participate in the fight against the slot machines by starting a campaign. In a statement made by the churches, it declared that they have been fighting against gambling for years and had many positive results for their cause.
Although local religious churches and their members are opposing Ohio slots, this new change will cause a tremendous increase in tax revenue to help the state’s budget. There are seven racetracks that are in the process of making room for the slot machines. The potential of a beneficial push for the budget has many Ohio residents and state leaders excited to see a prosperous future for the state of Ohio.