Dayton’s Budget Won’t Include Casino Option

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 5:45 am

Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t include new gambling dollars in the state budget he will present in two weeks. Minnesota faces a projected $6.2 billion deficit over the coming two years, and Dayton has been looking at all possibilities.

The Democratic governor told the Associated Press that there won’t be a casino component to his forthcoming budget.

Dayton indicated support for a state-owned casino as a candidate last year. A budget plan his campaign released included a state-owned casino at or near the Mall of America in Bloomington or the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He said then that such a casino could produce up to $80 million for the state right away.

Dayton says the money wouldn’t come in soon enough so it won’t be in his budget.

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