ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state Senate committee is taking its first look at a proposal to allow casino-style gambling at horse-racing tracks in Minnesota.
The hearing Tuesday will give supporters and opponents of the so-called racino proposal at Canterbury Park in Shakopee and Running Aces in Columbus a chance to make their case in the dwindling days of the legislative session.
The bill is still not scheduled for a committee vote on Tuesday. But the $200 million that backers say it would raise in new tax revenue for the state over the next two years could make for a tempting target to lawmakers who lack common ground with Gov. Mark Dayton over how to close a $5 billion state budget deficit.
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