Gov. John Kasich's budget proposal suggests that revenue from Ohio's four voter-approved casinos could be about half of what officials had predicted years ago.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that state officials estimated four years ago that the casinos could take in as much as $1.9 billion a year after all were in operation.
But Kasich's budget proposal issued Tuesday projects that gross casino revenue will be $957.7 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It could rise to just over $1 billion in the following fiscal year.
Court statistics show the number of bankruptcy filings in Ohio last year fell to the lowest total since 2006.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports experts point to several reasons for the drop, including mortgage lenders holding off foreclosure proceedings and people having so much financial trouble that they have no assets left to protect.
University of Dayton professor Jeffrey Morris, who's a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, says increased awareness about the struggling economy also may make people more cautious financially.