Dayton signs off on racetrack-casino bill

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 5, 2012 - 1:41 AM
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eljayeffMay. 5, 12 5:48 AM

And I would guess that there will be no tax money paid on the off-track betting at the Indian-Reservation. Several other states have off track betting adding to their tax revenue. But not Minnesota... Was this ever discussed?

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th3171May. 5, 12 7:10 AM

That's right eljayeff. The NA casinos have, imo, the most powerful lobby in the state and they are in everyone's ear. If I can lose my money at Canterbury on horses, poker, blackjack, or a couple other games...why can't I lose it in slots? If your know anything about odds you know why the NA communities are against it. Especially since you can have an adult beverage at our race tracks.

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wearebrokeMay. 5, 12 9:06 AM

keep the Indian's gambling on the reservation or make them pay taxes!

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munsterlandrMay. 5, 12 9:09 AM

Mark Dayton's and the Democrats THIRD largest contributors behind Unions and Trial Attorneys, the Mega Rich CASINO INDIAN TRIBES, gave Dayton and his minions the OK to sign this bill. It puts millions more in the rich tribe member's pockets.

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asdubiakMay. 5, 12 9:59 AM

The vested parties both get something they want while the citizens get nothing in terms of taxes or slots even though polls show taxpayers overwhelmingly in favor of racinos. It is not the will of the people who won here but the power of lobbying money.Notice how quickly this bill got passed and signed by the governor.

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drew5209May. 5, 1210:33 AM

Thanks Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders for doing something to help Minnesota's racing industry. Yes, it's not a perfect solution, but it is better than nothing. Thanks for your help on this issue!

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marti2008May. 5, 1211:54 AM

Let me see if I have this right. Take their land and they get? Nothing. Wait that can't be right. Take their land and they get? Nothing. Oh wait they got attempted genocide. So those that survived get a few casinos few of which are mega rich. Don't forget all the tax paying jobs that are created. Know the facts before you spew!

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rammerMay. 5, 12 2:58 PM

This is so utterly irrelevant to Minnesota's future. Governor Dayton supports the wrong incentives. The couple of hundred people that will take "advantage" of this new law will wash out in due time as interest wanes and advocates stop talking about it. No additional revenues for anyone but the pervayors. Irrelevant.

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boshkMay. 5, 12 5:17 PM

i dont understand why the indian casino's get a say in any of this. they dont pay taxes. it was funny when they said if we expand gambling, they will have to serve alcohol,.. as if that was supposed to be some sort of threat. if your going to have OTB, might as well expand that into being able to bet on all of sports here!

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equay26May. 8, 1211:49 AM

I am not exactly sure where this idea comes from that Natives on reservations don't pay taxes. This is always brought up when it comes to a Native owned casino. Nobody ever complains this much about any casino down in Vegas. As far as I understand there is only one tribe in Minnesota that doesn't pay state taxes but they do still pay federal. All the other tribes pay state and federal taxes. What about all the money the tribes (who do well from the gaming industry) donate to they're local communtities? Why don't they ever mention that? We may not pay state taxes but we still have to pay more for things like groceries. The nearest town is thirty miles away. For a gallon of milk off the reservation it's around $3.00, on the reservation it's over $5.00. I hate having to go to the store on the reservation because you don't get much for the massive amount of money you spend at the it.

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