Ex-governors oppose Oregon casino ballot measures

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 10:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three of Oregon's former governors are joining the current chief executive in opposing two ballot measures that would authorize Oregon's first nontribal casino.

Republican Vic Atiyeh and Democrats Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski came out against the proposed casino in a news conference Monday. Current Gov. John Kitzhaber also has opposed Measures 82 and 83, which would allow investors to build a casino in Wood Village, just east of Portland.

The governors warned that a new casino would increase crime in the area while harming Indian tribes that operate Oregon's nine existing casinos.

The proposed Portland-area casino is backed by two Lake Oswego businessmen and two Canadian companies. They say the casino would create jobs and generate money for parks, police and schools.

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