Racetrack, casino bill zips through Minnesota Legislature

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 1, 2012 - 6:02 AM

Measure expanding horse betting at casinos and card tables at horse parks heads to governor.

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dakmarknetApr. 30, 12 7:44 PM

100% of the Republican house members voted in favor of providing more gambling avenues for citizens of MN. I'm going to be rich, yippee!!!

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mike77Apr. 30, 12 7:47 PM

This is good news for people who live up north who like to play the horses they no longer will have to drive to Fargo. Hopefully Dayton signs it, he has been VETO crazy this year. Vetoing the fireworks bill was a bad move it will cost him support .People want some fun Governor.

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rwoodyApr. 30, 12 7:56 PM

This is a bandaid to long term challenges for the horse racing industry in MN. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is slot machines. That is the only revenue source that will allow our industry to compete with nearby states like Iowa that are building their ag industry with a racino model that is proven in almost 2 dozen states!

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yellowhoundApr. 30, 12 8:27 PM

I'm not at all involved in the horse or the racing industry, but I'm sick of the watching the politicians run scared of the Tribes and their political influence over this issue. While I welcome progress, give me a break.....our "run scared" politicos allow Canterbury to add a few poker tables and increase their purses, while the Tribes have no limitations on the expansion of their tax free monopoly... This seems to me like the race tracks settling for the only crumbs they knew they could get, the Tribes agreeing to a token effort in order to deflect what they know is overwhelming popular support for Racino, and the legislators hoping that this keeps Racino quiet for awhile and they won't have to answer to why they allow a ridiculous agreement that Gov. Perpich signed so many years ago, to continue in spite of change conditions today. Take what you can get now horse industry, and keep fighting. I'm still sick about the unfairness of it all.

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copper88Apr. 30, 12 8:31 PM

Who even goes to Canterbury Downs?

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Truckman182Apr. 30, 12 8:32 PM

The majority of people support this. Therefore expect governor Dayton to veto it....

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upthecreekApr. 30, 12 8:47 PM

the only purse that will get bigger is the purse of the track owners.

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calbert4Apr. 30, 12 9:05 PM

This really is finally a great day for the horse industry in Minnesota. They can now focus on this proposal instead of chasing a wild dream. Good job in St. Paul.

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eddiegApr. 30, 12 9:08 PM

The conversation went something like this: Legislature: Won't you please let us do something to appease the public on the racino issue? Natives: We will allow horse wagering at our casinos, but there must never be racinos. Legislature: Thank you master. Your wish is our command.

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yathinksoApr. 30, 12 9:34 PM

Simply AMAZING. The Indian tribes just keep getting more more more and will let the Vikings leave. Greedy Greedy Greedy

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