The counting will now begin, as the backers of a proposal to allow eight new Michigan casinos through an amendment to the state constitution, state they have turned in around 510,000 signatures in an effort to put the issue on the November ballot. The Michigan Secretary of State’s office reported that the Committee for More Michigan Jobs, which wants to build privately owned casinos, turned in 81 boxes of signed petitions. Some 322,609 valid signatures are needed before the State Board of Canvassers will certify the issue and place it on the statewide ballot, a decision that must be made no later than 60 days before the November election. While the committee says the eight casinos would provide over 16,000 new jobs and add $275 million in new tax revenues to state and local governments, the effort is opposed by Detroit’s current casinos, several Indian tribes that have gambling operations and Govenor Rick Snyder. Commentator Cliff Schrader told WGRT this is not good news for Port Huron. If the Bay Mills Tribe were ever able to build a casino in Port Huron, there would be a great deal more competition with these additional gambling houses.