Racino Proposal Runs Into More Opposition

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 7:14 am

A state Senate committee has voted down the proposal to permit casino-style games at Minnesota horse-racing tracks.

The 8-5 vote by the Senate’s State Government Committee was against the so called “racino” proposal, and both Republicans and Democrats voted against it.

This is the latest in a long line of setbacks at the Capitol for the track owners and horse breeders who have been pushing for more than a decade to add video gambling machines at two Twin Cities-area tracks; Canterbury Downs and Running Aces Harness Park.

The racino proposal is opposed by Indian tribes who see unwanted competition to existing tribal casinos. Gambling critics also say that more slot machines will only lead to more addiction and societal problems.

The latest plan called for directing up to $130 million in estimated new tax revenue toward college scholarships.

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