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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Comments (10)
  1. zee the reporter says:

    why not it would be fun i would go! zee reporting in!

  2. JesseV says:

    Noe remeber teabaggers, this is a good deal for the state and it’s not increasing the size of government because it’s not a special interest like your gay marriage and abortion issues. It’s for our enretainment purposes.

  3. chris says:

    Well i thought when they opened the race track in shakopee it was so it would lower the state taxes and where does all the money go from the state run lottery and lottery scratch offs i mean the state only pays out 43% on the scratch offs so i think they make good money from them so if the state does open a racino what is the pay out going to be there ??????

  4. Bob says:

    About time let’s write the politicians people! This would be great for the tax payers of Minnesota!!!!

  5. Joyce says:

    I am pleased to see this topic finally getting some positive attention, why the state has not taken an advantage of this opportunity years ago is quandary to me. Our race track would bring much more than gambling profits to our state. Racing and gambling attracts owners to bring their horses, which brings larger purses, increasing racing revenue. If you look at other racing/casino combinations the two together is a win-win for everyone involved. For certain populations in MN to have a monopoly on the profits from casino’s certainly is not in the interest of lowering our deficit.

  6. M B says:

    I wouldn’t mind this, as long as the gambling addicts don’t then start asking for state money to cure their problem. I would actually go to one. As it stands now I won’t go near one because all of the cigarette smoke on the reservation casinos. It’s disgusting.

    1. Sad to See says:

      MB, Unfortunatly this is going to dramatilcaly raise the amount of compulsive gambling and there is going to be a need for many more treatment centers , it is bad enough as it is but this will escalate it quite a bit. This helps to create more of the problem and more treatment requests is an unfortunater side effect. Also expect more people requesting welfare as there are going to be many more that lose everything they have.

      1. Bob says:

        I hope this a a joke! You need to find a bridge preferably really tall and jump…

        1. Sad to See says:

          Sorry but I see it all the time, it is getting to be such a big problem and it is almost more devistating than alchohol. Compulsive gambling is not a joke and we will be seeing more and more of it. And as far as jumping off a bridge, compulsive gamblers have a very high rate of suicide so no, it isn’t a joke.

  7. TONY says: