It’s a big night for racing in the Twin Cities, as the horses at Canterbury park are ready for the start of the racing season. It’s not just the jockeys and trainers who have something to be excited about.
A leading House Democrat proposed Monday afternoon to add the state sales tax to team jerseys and other pro sports merchandise to help cover the state’s share of the new Vikings stadium.
The Canterbury Park horse race track has agreed to drop its long pursuit of slot machines in exchange for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community paying the track $75 million to fatten its purses over 10 years, according to a deal announced Monday that protects the tribe’s lucrative nearby casinos.
It was a day of twists and turns for the Vikings stadium at the Capitol on Wednesday. The bill got a going over by the Senate Finance Committee, and some star Vikings players made their own push for a new stadium to play in.
A state Senate committee has voted down the proposal to permit casino-style games at Minnesota horse-racing tracks.
The idea of a Racino is getting some extra momentum from the Republican leaders in the Minnesota Senate.
Minnesota’s 18 Indian casinos employ more than 20,000 people, making it one of the largest industries in the state. But casino operators say expanding non-Indian gaming to help pay for a Minnesota Vikings stadium means casino job cuts of 30 percent.
Supporters of racino, a racetrack and casino combo, announced plans to increase the prize money for the races by nearly $26 million.
The debate continues over at the Minnesota State Capitol over a plan for a new Vikings stadium and exactly how to pay for it.
A report released Wednesday said slot machines located at Minnesota’s two horse racing tracks would generate enough annual revenue to build the Vikings stadium with plenty left over for education.
A Twin Cities-area horse racing park is running radio ads statewide encouraging Minnesota lawmakers to consider expanded horse-track gambling as a source of new tax revenue that could help end the state’s government shutdown.
Two Minnesota lawmakers have introduced a bill to authorize casino-style gambling at the Canterbury Park horse-racing track and use tax proceeds to help pay for a new Vikings stadium.
A state Senate committee is taking its first look at a proposal to allow casino-style gambling at horse-racing tracks in Minnesota.
Whether it’s racinos or a downtown Minneapolis casino, many proposals have been launched over the years claiming state and local governments deserve a shot to cash in on casino gaming.
The long-pursued proposal to allow casino-style gambling at Minnesota horse-racing tracks finally got a hearing Thursday in a state House committee, but is showing little momentum just over two weeks from the end of the legislative session.