By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new Minnesota Poll shows 72 percent of respondents supporting an expansion of gambling.

While some say it’s a long shot, state legislators are considering opening up more gambling as a way of reducing a projected $5 billion budget deficit.

Currently only Native Americans can operate casinos in Minnesota.

“And it looks as if we’ve got three quarters of Minnesotans who are ready to break that agreement,” said Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

But both republicans and democrats have a history in the gambling debate.

“Republicans who, on principle, don’t think gambling is something we want to expand. And then you’ve got democrats who are big supporters of the tribes — don’t want to see their monopoly broken,” said Jacobs.

Proposals for expanded gambling include talk of casinos in either downtown Minneapolis or the Mall of America.

Comments (36)
  1. jay says:

    well if the public want more gambling then let it be. if the republicans and the democrats don’t vote for it, then we vote them all out.

  2. Sarah says:

    Nothing like being elected and doing the will of the people you represent. When they run for office they all blow smoke until they get there first pay check.

  3. X says:

    Mn can do what Montana has done if it likes.
    In MN, any one who wants, can get a license and have nickle and quarter slots in their building. As a result, virtually every bar and cafe in Montana and gas station has a slot macine or two in the building. The net result is that no one makes any money and there is no incentive for any big scale resorts to locate in that area. It works if you want gambling everywhere with lots of losers everywhere as well.

    1. captainobvious says:

      It would help if there were actually people in montana also, I hope the indians don’t grease enough pockets this time and it actually goes through, but they’re professional pocket greasers so its unlikly it goes through

  4. X says:

    Correction – in Montana – any one who wants can get ….

    1. commonsense says:

      Speaking of losing

  5. Frank says:

    I’m tired of the Indians getting all “the white man’s wampom,” and if expanded gambling will give this state more money to do things, then I’m all for it, frankly. It’s an easy source of income when noone has the guts to raise state taxes. I say go for it! The indian casinos won’t go broke, believe me!

    1. NS says:

      they wont go broke but your missing out on something…it might cause people lose there jobs because of this….how would you feel if your working for a casino and this happen and you lost your job…also it might decease the health benefits for the people whos working the casino

      1. commonsense says:

        Might is a pretty strong word. So is the other four letter word: jobs.

      2. Phid says:

        That is a smoke-and-mirrors argument. Even if some casino workers lost their jobs in the long term due to increased competition, other people would FIND jobs due to the increase in places to work. Besides, competition would mean that the pre-existing casinos would have to make themselves BETTER to attract more customers.

        Despite the message that liberals try to sell these days, capitalism works for the benefit of the consumer.

        1. Swamp Rat says:

          Right On, Phid!

  6. Lance says:

    I’d bet on this passing.

  7. Pork Chop Fan says:

    It all seems too logical to have a casino in downtown Minneapolis…so it won’t happen.

  8. Tom Willard says:

    I don’t care if there is more casino gambling or not, but it would be nice to see it more fairly distributed. I mean come on. Time for a few others to play the race card.

  9. Mary Suemnick says:

    “Gambling” sets the odds so that the players loose….play long enough, you always loose. Why would any government of the people make SUCKERS out of their constituents?????

    Right now the Indians have their monopoly on casinos because the state wanted a monopoly on the lottery…we could just outlaw all gambling again and fewer people would be stealing and loosing their homes and retirement savings.

    How about 1/3 of the money goes to administration, 1/3 goes to winnings, and 1/3 goes into an untouchable retirement fund???? To hell with the CROOKED
    schemes to rake in the dough for the politician’s buddies…or making gambling monopolies in areas that will make rich real estate owners richer!!!

    1. commonsense says:

      Your arguments fail. Badly.

    2. JB says:

      Mary Sue, Our government make suckeers out of us a long time ago when the republuicans sold out to business and the Deomcrats sold out to Unions and the Indian lobby. We already have gambling with NO WAY to reopen the agreements, so we are paying for all the social ills that gambling brings, without the benfit of hardly any tax dollars. At least if the government opened it up some (I am in favor of two or three large metro casinos like a regulated manopoly), then at least we have revenue to address the problem gamblers that we already have thanks to Governors Perpich and Carlson.

    3. successNOT says:

      How can any adult think losing is spelt “loosing”, or lose is spelt “loose”, its unbelieveable “loose” is the word you were prolly referred to as in H. School understand

      1. Tea Asks....... says:

        Was this an article about spelling? I didn’t see anything about spelling or correct English…..

        My thought…if you make your point…spelling is secondary!

        Quit being a “looser”!

  10. Jackpot says:

    A treaty is a treaty until the WHITEMAN says it isn’t.

    1. commonsense says:

      For fiscal year 2008, gross receipts from lawful gambling were $1,141,443,000 (Minnesota Gambling Control Board, 2009).

    2. Grow up says:

      If you don’t like it, go back where your ancestors migrated from–Siberia…

  11. You Betcha! says:

    Having slot machines in local bars is not going to hurt the casinos, just as the casinos opening in MN did not hurt Vegas. I don’t go to casinos very often at all–my choice. If there was a slot machine or a NASCAR board in my local Legion, I would play. Either way, the casinos are not making money off me anyway. The price of gas is going to keep more people from driving to casinos than a few slot machines in bars…

  12. Ace of Spades says:

    Is gambling worth it? I lost a good friend and co-worker when he committed suicide do to a gambling habit. Recently we read about a newspaper carrier who was burglarizing home to support his gambling habit. I’m sure there are more cases of these sort of problems happening that we don’t hear about.

    1. Andrew says:

      I’m sorry about your friend. I really am but are you saying we should outlaw gambling because some people can’t control their addictions? Everyone has choices and is responsible for themselves. What about the people who are responsible with gambling and have fun?

    2. eastside_evil says:

      We can’t ban everything that a small percentage of the people in our society will use as a way to destroy themselves. We’d have nothing less for the “normal” people to legally do.
      Why is alcohol legal? I mean, I love a good beer and will indulge in one or two tonight, but if you want to compare the problems that arise, you shouldn’t use slot machines in bars as your example of the catalyst of the destruction of our society. That doesn’t fly.

  13. Tom says:

    I think it is time the state of MN has its own casinos, why should the indians have the only casinos and profit from it when the taxpayers of this state have every right to profit from it also. Maybe if the state and the indians were in competition with each other the slots would get looser and you might just stand a chance of winning.

    1. dave says:

      tom is so right. you got my vote

  14. Jason says:

    Wonder what polls would show for a viking stadium? Bet my paycheck that a far majority are agaiinst any tax dollars being used.

  15. rich l says:

    All we need to do is boycott the tribal casinos ,just dont go and they will make a deal to let the state open a casino, or,make a deal with casinos to pay the state NOT to open a casino,that way they keep the casino monopoly and the state gets a share of the money,it is fair to both sides either way, i am sick and tired about the white man owing every other race for misdeeds in the past,the indians did very little to better themselves before casinos were around and thats the whitemans fault?

  16. NO MORE FREE RIDE!!! says:


  17. thumbody says:

    72% doubt it! Who did you poll customers coming out of Mystic Lake?

  18. Hmmmmmmm says:

    What State Casino’s? Mystic lake will Term half their workers because the tribal members will refuse to take a cut in their huge monthly paychecks. They need to drive their Cadillac, and Ferrari’s and treat everyone they come in contact with negative. They claim they are fighting for the workers,they are fighting to keep their expensive way of life. They need to be honest they don’t give a hoot about their employees it’s all about them period. Look at some of their postings on Facebook Calling people white devils …..Hmmm those white Devils payed for your homes and expensive cars. Give it a break on the look what you did to us when Dinosaurs walked the earth. Give it a rest we are in 2011 not the 1800’s you go on the warpath we shoot teargas at you period end of story.

    1. sama says:

      I agree they don’t give a rats you know what about their employees! most I know are treated like that stuff farmers get on the bottom of their shoes.

  19. Charlie Chezwick says:

    The indians will have to put themselves on a budget, they can only get drunk and total out one brand new hummer per year.

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