MyOhioNow

“MyOhioNow”
Summary persuasive case
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2008
A case: claims supported by evidence
Used for a campaign
Not a speech
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Follow the reasoning
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Introduction – 1 of 3
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Remarkable, isn’t it?
Introduction – 2 of 3
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5,000 people move INTO Las Vegas monthly
Last year, 52 million visitors
153,000 hotel rooms
McCarren the 8th busiest airport in world
More than 35 wedding chapels
152,000 slot machines, and 7,200 tables
Introduction – 3 of 3
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No doubt: people love entertainment !
Ohio doesn’t have a “Las Vegas.”
Ohio has farmland … and
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Empty factories
Poverty
Illness
Old age and
Dispair
Need - 1 of 4
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What should happen to turn Ohio
communities around?
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A statewide commitment to education
A statewide focus on 21st century jobs
A program of infrastructure repair
These take money. Big money.
Need - 2 of 4
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But our money is bailing out … to
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Las Vegas
Cancun
Mountaineer Park
Niagra Falls
Elizabeth, Indiana
Need - 3 of 4
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We’re shipping it every day … !
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$
$
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xxx,xxx,xxx to Las Vegas
xxx,xxx,xxx to New York
xxx,xxx,xxx to West Virginia
xx,xxx,xxx to Indiana
And the numbers are increasing !!
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Graph of entertainment outflow, 1988 – 2008
Graph of projections, 2008 - 2028
Need - 4 of 4
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In 2007, $xxx,xxx left Mahoning County
alone !
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That’s big money, as Mayor XXXX says:
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That’s enough to operate an entire hospital
or an entire school system for a year.
“ Yadda yadda yadda yadda.”
Next year, we’ll lose enough to run the
whole county.
Plan 1 of 3
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So, what can we do?
“If we can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em !”
We must build a casino complex here in Ohio
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Ohioans voted against regular casino gaming, so
we can’t do that.
Ohioans voted against riverboat gaming, too
We’ll put a casino complex in Franklin
County, Ohio’s center.
Plan 2 of 3
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World-class:
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95 acres; 200,000 sf of casino floor space
5,000 slot machines (Rivers has 2,900)
150 table games (Rivers has 100)
Luxury hotel with 1,500 rooms (Rivers has
none; Mountaineer has 350)
Restaurants, golf course, 2,500-seat
entertainment center
Specialty retail, spa and conference center
Plan 3 of 3
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All of Ohio will win:
 $800 million in gross gaming revenue will
generate $240 million in tax income.
 Divided among all 88 Ohio counties, based
on population
 $2.4 million will be directed to programs
supporting problem gambling
 5,400 construction jobs; 3,800 permanent
jobs
Plan Meets Need 1 of 2
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One centrally-located entertainment
complex will create more revenue than
could several local casinos
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The financial pro formas explain the plan
Other states with one-stop casinos are
thriving
Plan Meets Need 2 of 2
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It will be supported by all Ohioans
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Research shows that Ohioans preferan
Ohio casino to out-of-state ones
Research shows that Ohioans find the 2.5hour drive to be acceptable
Our survey of Ohio travel/tourism boards
shows that the conference center would
have a significant number of bookings
No objections? 1 of 2
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No new problems
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New taxes will pay for increased use of
public services in Franklin County
Programs for the treatment of problem
gamblers will receiive $2.4 million.
New administrative costs to regulate the
casino will receive $2.4 million.
No objections? 2 of 2
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Some people object to gambling on moral
grounds.
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But the State of Ohio already operates The Ohio
Lottery, the nation’s 9th largest, with $2.7 billion in
sales receipts
Clearly, Ohioans already travel to casinos in
neighboring states and to entertainment centers.
Gambling is ubiquitous. The Franklin County
casino would operate openly and under state
supervision.
Call for action
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So let’s break ground.
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Let’s create jobs for Ohio
Let’s create revenue for our counties
Let’s keep Ohio money in Ohio
Let’s create an entertainment complex that
all of Ohio will be proud of
Let’s help Ohioans stay in Ohio for their
entertainment