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The constitutional ballot measure also would increase Michigan's gaming tax to 23 percent from the current 19 percent that MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity and Greektown casinos pay. The current tax is split between the city and the state, while revenue from the proposed 23 percent tax would be dedicated to local communities, state school aid, state road repair and host counties, as well as police and fire in communities throughout the state.
"We feel confident that our plan offers a positive alternative to the status quo," Emily Gerkin Palsrok, Citizens for More Michigan Jobs spokeswoman, said in a statement. "Not only does our plan create thousands of new jobs and raise the tax rate on casinos, but it also dedicates the revenue that casinos generate to important items like K-12 spending, police and fire, road improvements and to local counties and municipalities."