ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn’t expect to include new gambling dollars in the state budget he will present in two weeks.

The Democratic governor told reporters Tuesday 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.

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

Minnesota faces a projected $6.2 billion deficit over the coming two years.

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Comments (34)
  1. RACINO NOW says:

    One word….RACINO! Why build one when we can just add slots to Canterbury park!!! I bet they might even fund most of it……..OR…let’s UP the tax rate on Treasure Island…..or Mystic Lake! I think the Racino is the BETTER call though…..

    1. Sno-x says:

      Racino Now: Casinos are losing nationwide during this time. why would we want to go further into debt??

      1. Chris says:

        If casinos are going broke, why are Minnesota’s 18 casinos putting millions into lobbying and political campaigns to prevent any competition? And why have the casinos busted out all the doors to add thousands of slot machines? Mystic Lake has more slots than anywhere in Vegas or Atlantic City. Allowing Canterbury to have slot machines won’t cost the state one dime and will bring in dollars and jobs at a time we need them the most.

  2. Bob says:

    Racino , they don’t lose money. Snow- x is a idiot! Racino now !!!!!

    1. Takes $ to make $ says:

      Aye. Anything casino related in the metro would be a money maker. I’ll stop short of ‘windfall’ if it’s run by the government, but private business would not balk at the opportunity.

  3. Joe Hanson says:

    Dayton already back-tracking…

  4. another concerned moron says:

    wow imagine that, a polictician that said something to get elected and the once he’s in hmmmmn changes mind….sure wonder how much the indians are paying him on the side… really get getting sick of being lied to good job democrats

    1. Craig Deneen says:

      Dude… Native Americans please…

      1. Connor M says:

        Indian per Merriam-Webster:
        a : american indian
        b : one of the native languages of American Indians


  5. BILL says:


  6. pat says:

    Las vegas isn’t doing that great, and we already have a number of casinos. Good that he is being realistic.

    A better idea would be legalize gambling and tax it, but don’t have state money be spent on building things for it.

    The racino fans can build it themselves, (or more then one) and put their own money on the line to hit it big or lose, kind of like gambling.

  7. Frank Paro says:

    it does mot matter which party or cnditiate gets in they tell you what you want to hear and do what they want, if YOU do not like it run for office yourself, just like Jesse did

  8. Bob says:

    Sounds like the tribes have just bought mark Dayton . He sold us out!!! The tribes laugh at the tax payers of minnesota!

  9. scott says:

    Put slot machines in bars

  10. M says:

    Give no money to lite-rail…that will save around 750,000,000 and on-going subsidies.
    Give no money to the St. Paul “transit hub”…that will save around 250,000,000.
    Give no money to the billionaire & millionaires who want the Welfare Stadium…that will save around 350,000,000 or more ( put out a “New Team Wanted” sign to replace the loser, mis-managed vikings.)
    Give no money for the St. Paul “pond”….that will save 42,000,000.
    Get rid of half of the MN legislature house members….that will save vast dollars.
    Get rid of 1-2 politicians off every local body of government throughout the state….that will save big dollars.

    1. scott says:

      You should seriously look at moving to Arizona. I believe you would find more of “you people” down there.

      1. Connor M says:

        You should voluntarily give more of your money to the state, that would prove more to me than telling someone else to leave.

  11. John says:

    Dayton is a tipical democrat, don’t want to hurt anyone that don’t help the state. Why in the hell are we still going over something that happen way before our times. If the Idians or native Americans want help they can start paying taxes like everyone else does. My nationaly was treated bad when we came here so should you all pay for me to be lazy too.this pisses me off already enough is enough how cares what race you are, work and pay taxes like everyone else.

  12. John says:

    I see WCCO wont post my comment typical democrat station, thats why i dont watch ! only post what you want I see how it works

  13. damned if you do... says:

    I’m betting that if gambling dollars were included in the budget, a bunch of folks would be calling him a hypocrite for banking on “easy money” from gambling.

    guess you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t….

  14. Frank says:

    Yeah there you go Blame the Indians (Native Americans), none of you white racist repbulicanns gave a dam abut Undians till they got the Casino’s now its always the Indians or the Casinos, laughing all the way to the bank

    1. Cheif Waling Eagle says:

      As a natuive American I am ashamed at how the Natives that run the casinos treat all the other Indians, let alone the white brothers that bring them the green. Copmpettition is a good thing and opening up gambling in MN and taxing it at a realistic rate, may in fact be the best thing for the indians and the rest of MN.

  15. Bob says:

    The tribes are laughing at us! Frank you are a real racist!!!!!! I am african American! You should leave this state immediately!!!

  16. Gary says:

    1 Arrow in Dayton’s door, and he chicken’s out. Puck, Puck, Puck.

  17. tim w says:

    its always racist this and racist that…and i dont care what you WANT to be called…the PROPER terminology according to websters dictionary is INDIAN. i will always call you an indian and not because i want to disparage you but because THATS WHAT YOU ARE!! so stop with the whining bs about racism. its only racist because you say it is not because it is. and if any of you think the casinos around the country are doing poorly youre sadly mistaken. and finally, the stadium isnt just for the vikings you idiots, its for the state of minnesota and in particularly, hennepin county. the vikes are only going to use the thing 12 times a year max! it can be used the other 355 days by OTHER EVENTS! stupid people.

  18. tim w says:

    and thats why the vikes shouldnt have to pay more than what theyve offered to pay. they wont benefit form it anywhere near as much as the city of minneapolis will or whatever city they finally decide to build it. god i wish this state wasnt sooooo full of pathetic idiot panzies.

  19. Bob says:

    I am really not following the Govs logic. He wants to build a Saints stadium to create jobs paying for it out of tax dollars yet he doesn’t want to build a casino which would create construction jobs, bring in huge amounts of out of state revenue, increase tourism, and create long term jobs. Crazy Eyes better start busting those pills in half.

  20. Bob says:

    Government should not even be promoting gambling, it’s an addiction. Running a gambling operation is no different than selling drugs. Maybe the state should sell synthetic marijuana or cigatettes to teens! Hey, how about selling porn movies to make a quick state buck. Maybe Dayton saw that gambling isn’t the answer.

  21. tim w says:

    bob…’re an idiot. i work in the addiction treatment field and even i know how stupid that sounds….bob….you’re an idiot.

  22. tiredandretired says:

    Forget gambling altogether. It’s just a tax on the poor and desperate. It’s a drain on society. It produces no real products. What a waste.

  23. Bob says:

    You are partially correct Tim. i was an idiot that became addicted to gambling, which included the state lottery. It is not something I would want you or anyone else to go through. I am sure you see gambling addictions in your addiction treament field everyday. Do you really think we need the state contributing to the problem.

  24. Dave says:

    We all have our opinions. Personally I’d like a racino to help Canterbury stay competitive in the industry and bring better purses for the races and more jobs. If there’s a problem with that then let’s just stay with the same old same old!

  25. Thomas IV says:

    What I find most sickening and disgusting is the hidden racism all throughout the posts on this thread.

    If this was a corporation that had a monopoly who payed lobbyist on there behalf to keep a market cornered it would be called many different things ; capitalism, business as usual, what corporations do ect.

    Because the business is run and owned by American Indians reservations and not rich white people it seems like for most of you that is the root of the problem.

    Your talking about some of the most poverty stricken people in the country and now that their making money you want a piece of it, or for some other reason think the state is entitled to something from them. Sad….. I bet most of you don’t even know any Natives and on top of that don’t even care to know any of them.

    Some of you in this thread do the world a favor and go swallow a knife.

  26. carol says:

    i feel dayton said he would have a state run casinio he sould keep is promise also it would let the other casinio losen up the machines. what wrong with giving more people choices and have more jobs

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