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.
Dayton city officials have approved development plans for a $125 million racino on the former site of an automotive plant.
Construction is expected to begin this spring on the harness-racing track, which will include a 600-seat grandstand and 1,500 slots-like video terminals. It's being built on the site of a razed Delphi plant and is expected to open in mid-2014.
The Dayton Daily News reports that project is expected to create 1,000 jobs and another 1,000 during construction.
A court has heard competing arguments on whether an anti-gambling group should be allowed to go forward with its challenge to Gov. John Kasich's decision to allow slots-like video lottery terminals at Ohio horse tracks.
The Ohio Roundtable was denied legal standing in May to bring its lawsuit. The complaint alleges Kasich's authorization of racinos is unconstitutional because voters must approve expansions of the lottery.