The Hollywood Casino in Columbus was expecting about $2.5 million to clean up the site the casino is to be built on. However, Governor Kasich had other ideas according to this Columbus Dispatch article:
The Kasich administration has blocked Penn National Gaming from getting about $2.5 million from the state that it was counting on to help clean up the site of the West Side casino it plans to open late in 2012.
A two-year, $7 billion state transportation budget sent to Gov. John Kasich yesterday thwarts Penn National’s attempt to use Clean Ohio money in cleaning up the site of the former Delphi auto-parts plant near W. Broad Street and I-270.
An amendment prohibiting the Ohio Department of Development or other entities from using state assistance for casinos, or other gambling sites such as racetracks, was included in the transportation budget approved by the Senate on Tuesday and ratified by the House yesterday.
Rob Nichols, spokesman for Gov. John Kasich, said the administration requested the amendment because it thinks casinos have sufficient resources and don’t need help from the state’s taxpayers.
“The administration believes that the casinos do not need any additional development incentives in order to build these facilities,” Nichols said.