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New Casino Competition? What's Being Said at Mackinac Policy Conference

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Detroit and the discussion of where the city is headed in the future is taking center stage during the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. Leaders there are talking about policies and changes that could affect those living in the city and beyond.


FOX 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton is covering this year's event and spoke to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel about a possible expansion of more casinos into the region.

While Ficano asked, "are we becoming the Nevada of the Midwest?" Patterson quipped that "the guy who sits with three casinos in his boundaries says, aww they're not that big a deal. But you (pointing at Hackel) can't have one and you're (pointing at himself) not going to get one." Hackel said he knows the existing casinos are going to be fighting against any new competition in Oakland and Macomb counties because they know it's going to take business away from them.


Langton says, Brooks Patterson is in favor of new casinos, Hackel doesnt' want a casino and Ficano says no let's keep those casinos in Detroit.

Langton also asked embattled Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano if he has any plans to resign in the wake of the current scandal and FBI investigation in Wayne County. According to Langton, Ficano said "no."

Look for more reports from Charlie Langton on FOX 2 News and myFOXDetroit.com. 

Click here for live coverage from Mackinac.

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