Slots get little or no state review

  • Article by: TONY KENNEDY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2012 - 10:14 AM

The state's biggest casinos have gone years without inspections, even with three agents on the job. In contrast, Wisconsin, with a staff of 15, follows detailed procedures and audits every casino once every 18 months.

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luzhishenJan. 21, 1210:12 PM

So under Pawlenty there were no inspections? The classic Stockman approach, pull the inspectors and pray some scandals blossom.

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tatehiyuJan. 21, 1210:24 PM

maybe the racing commission should look into it

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mnpls123Jan. 21, 1210:33 PM

Republicans calling for more govt regulations/inspections of a business? Hmmmm...I wonder what is unique about this business that the republicans would be calling for this.

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asmithe2Jan. 21, 1210:34 PM

It's true what they say. You get the government you pay for. If we can't raise any taxes, then year after year little things like this will continue to fall through the cracks. I find it funny that a couple of republicans are the ones squeaking about how budget cuts are making it impossible for state workers to do their jobs.

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TimothyBlumJan. 21, 1210:37 PM

So what have these 3 inspectors been doing? Seems at the least a manager goes unemployed now. In fact they all need to be canned.

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raholcoJan. 21, 1210:45 PM

If the state is supposed to regulate these entities, why don't they also do what other states have done: self-exclustion for problem gamblers?

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rshacklefordJan. 21, 1210:59 PM

"The state agency with authority to inspect tribal casinos -- the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division of the Department of Public Safety -- has attributed the decline in inspections to budget constraints. But even with three full-time agents assigned to Indian casinos, it has not reviewed any tribal casino audits since 2005. And unlike its counterparts in neighboring states, the agency has no manual of procedures for slot and blackjack inspections." ---- Well, this should put an end to an expansion of gambling in this state. Our own legislators fail to allot enough funding to inspect the already existing casinos! And, don't try and blame this on the tribes. This is a failure of state gov't.

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snoebirdJan. 21, 1211:11 PM

So money is supposed to come out of those machines?

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asmithe2Jan. 21, 1211:11 PM

If the state can't afford to inspect the existing casinos, what makes them think a Racino or Block E Casino would be any different?

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cootoriginalJan. 21, 1211:51 PM

in most businesses, license fees are used to staff compliance in the industry. If the industry needs more oversight, the license fees need to be raised to accomplish this. That is how it is in most businesses in MN. and across the U.S. Just raise the fees for the casinos based on the number of slots, tables, and revenue.

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