New Michigan Casinos Proposed . November 2012 . Vol 13 . No. 11

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Proposed Michigan Casinos Add Up to 8000 plus Potential Jobs

By Howard Berenbon

In late August, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed a decision to block a proposal headed for the November 6 ballot to allow eight new casinos in the state.  This is great news for jobs in the Detroit area because an estimated 8,000 plus workers will be needed for the construction and about 5,000 permanent workers to man the casinos.   New casinos will also mean more tax revenues for the state.

If the ballot passes, the new proposed casinos will be built in Detroit, Pontiac, Romulus, Clinton Township, Grand Rapids, Birch Run, DeWitt Township (near Lansing) and in Clam Lake Township (near Cadillac).

Let’s see what happens on election day.

New casinos in Michigan will generate some needed tax revenue for the state.  In fact, statistics show the Detroit casinos are doing just fine, and the downturn in Detroit and Michigan jobs hasn’t seemed to hurt the gaming industry.  The three Detroit casinos are humming along nicely making millions.  In an industry comparison for 2011, Detroit ranked 4th in gross revenue at $1.424 billion compared to the popular gambling venues like Las Vegas ($6.069 billion), Atlantic City ($3.318 billion) and Chicagoland in Illinois ($1.934 billion).