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Michigan Governor Opposes Measure to Restrict Gaming

By Bess Keller — October 26, 2004 1 min read

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan is publicly opposing a Nov. 2 ballot measure to restrict gambling, asserting that it would cut into state lottery revenue, which is earmarked for public schools.

The governor, a Democrat, has joined Speaker of the House Rick Johnson, a Republican, in denouncing the proposal, which would require new gambling enterprises to get regional voter approval. The two lawmakers have recorded radio and television advertisements contending that such a requirement would make it harder for the state lottery to make money because lottery officials would have less flexibility.

Supporters of the measure, which would not apply to American Indian-owned casinos or those in Detroit, contend that voters should have more say over gaming in the state. Opponents, which include many education organizations, argue that the casinos are simply trying to stifle competition.