While the supporters of the proposed new casino facility in Oregon’s central area at Portland metro say that it would promote social relations and friendliness amongst the citizens apart from development & fiscal benefits for the city; there is strong opposition from some quarters.
Toronto’s individual entity-Clairvest Group Inc.; in collaboration with the Great Canadian Gaming Inc has come up with the idea of building the new complex under the name THE GRANGE. There would be one hundred fifty table games, approx three thousand five hundred slot devices and a casino on an area of 130,000 sq ft. The property would include a convention hall for the public, a sinking lane, a recital venue in addition to the hotel with one hundred twenty five rooms. However the public authorities avoid any comments despite such lucrative plans of the promoters.
Presently Oregon does not permit casinos. However the Indian tribe facilities are there that are placed on their own land pieces as per the central rules with some restrictions. The proposed new casino in the area may only lead to more vigorous fights between the supporters and the opponents. The ex-governors seem to be in sync with the attitude of John Kitzhaber, the present governor.
The controversy over the issue is about the two measures, i.e. 82 and 83. The first, i.e. Measure 82 seeks a shift from the existing structure and permission for casino betting activities in Oregon. One hundred fifty tables & approx three thousand five hundred slot devices would be there at the new casino in Wood Village as per the Measure 83 wherein twenty-five percent of income would go to the state raffle subsidize.
The ex-governor, Barbara Roberts cautioned against the hefty-amount alluring advertisements meant for big money to be generated by the profit-making concerns that are least interested for healthy foods, cultivators’ bazaars, dramas/movie places or water aspects. Similarly, his counterpart, Ted Kulongoski and Republican Vic Atiyeh have also expressed their views against the two measures and supported Governor Kitzhaber’s feelings to put an end to the proposal for a facility in the eastern borders of Portland. The latter has warned against the snags for the existing nine valid properties of Indian tribes through the proposed non-tribal facilities in Oregon; apart from the rate of crime that these casinos would increase to higher levels.
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