Block E casino developers face tough odds

  • Article by: JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 15, 2011 - 8:51 AM

Block E owners are pitching their Las Vegas-style casino as a jobs creator, but it's a legislative long shot.

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serenayMay. 14, 11 1:56 PM

I'm for this casino happening. Jobs, energizing downtown, that rooftop garden area, more people spending their money at restaurants and theaters - downtown needs something like this! I don't get why lawmakers - who say they want to create jobs - aren't going to let anyone have them!?

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minneaaplMay. 14, 11 2:12 PM

The state is drowning in a sea of red ink and the way to turn the tide is putting people to work. Union jobs, with benefits, in both service and construction are few and far between. Unemployment is stubbornly high and slow to come down. A project like this is desperately needed - to put people to work and return a not insignificant amount of revenue to the MN.

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nodumblondMay. 14, 11 2:19 PM

What cave are the legislators living in?!?! Didn't this very newspaper just find that 72% of Minnesotans support expanded gambling? If the thousands of jobs this project will create aren't enough for them to support, how many will? If the hundreds of millions in new state revenue this project will generate isn't enough, how much will be?

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nodumblondMay. 14, 11 2:25 PM

A downtown Walmart? Just a few blocks from Target's HQ? You've got to be kidding me. And anyone who thinks Minneapolis is full of "rif-raf" has obviously never visited http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/. Are these the type of people you want downtown instead of conventioneers, businessmen and women and other tourists? Wake up.

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pheasant42May. 14, 11 2:28 PM

This will be a small casino in comparison to the surrounding options. The city and state need the revenue and most importantly the jobs. Give this development a chance!

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tooty123May. 14, 11 2:51 PM

No corporation gambling casino in MN. It breaks the contract with the Indian gaming. Las Vegas style casino--go to La Vegas! And, then if it were built by this LLC when would the state start giving them tax breaks.

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dmtrustMay. 14, 11 2:53 PM

Really Mr. Grinols? A 6 to 1 ratio for pathological gambling costs to positive economic benefit? Wouldn't that put the cost of dealing with pathological gambling at somewhere around $1 trillion nationwide annually? I'd love to see the basis for those kind of numbers when the American Gaming Association estimates that around only 1% of gamblers suffer from some sort of addiction problem... http://www.americangaming.org/Industry/factsheets/issues_detail.cfv?id=29

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tuficairoMay. 14, 11 5:28 PM

Jobs! Plus, the state will make money rather than have to spend money. The legislature should vote YES to a casino in Block E.

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gambleonMay. 14, 11 6:05 PM

don,t our leaders know indian casinos are causing coruption and state is getting nothing so expand it and get some tax off it

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stlaneMay. 14, 11 9:56 PM

Remember in 1991 when the DNR had a settlement with the Indians relative to exercising their treaty rites on Mille Lacs Lake. And then Bud Grant and the boys submarined it and the netting was on. Well around the same time the State agreed not to open Casino's and the tribes agreed to not exercise their rights (many of which involve porperty rights). Now we are thinking about opening up Casino's because the Indians have proven it profitable. Well if you do...... netting on Cedar Lake will be a raindrop compared to the flood of treaty rights cases that will be opened (and most won). Be careful the indians are not drunk anymore, they are educated and legally prepared to exercise their rights.

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