An official with Running Aces Harness Park, located in Anoka County, is commending first-term Republican legislators who've suggested racino gambling as a way to end the state budget stalemate.
Board member John Derus issued a news release today to highlight their support of allowing slot machines at Minnesota's two horse tracks. He singled out Rep. King Banaian, R-St. Cloud; Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove; and Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud.
"In the past 24 hours, at least three freshmen Republican lawmakers have publicly taken the bold step of suggesting that Racino could provide more revenue to help end the current budget stalemate, Derus wrote. "Their suggestions provide legislative leaders and Governor Dayton with an opportunity."
Racino supporters say the additional gambling would generate more than $200 million every biennium for the state.
It's not a bold step to suggest the Racino when over 70% of Minnesotans support it. It's an obvious step. The Racino produces the new revenues the Governor is looking for and it's a "voluntary tax" that Republicans should be able to live with. Absolutely should be part of a budget agreement.
Whole-heartedly agree with Gibson. Each session Racino is brought to the table and each session it slides off the table. Why is it taking so long for the individuals who have been elected to represent 'the people of MN' to figure this out? Get on board and get this bill passed!