Posted at 4:10 PM on July 11, 2011
by Paul Tosto
As Republicans legislative leaders and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton go at it over budget proposals to end the state shutdown, Running Aces Harness Park is launching a new radio ad campaign touting slot machines at Running Aces and Canterbury Park as the solution.
Most people refer to this option as "racino." But the Running Aces folks are also calling it Minnesota's Budget Jackpot.
The group says slots would generate "more than $400 million annually in economic activity in the state and create thousands of new jobs."
However, that alone would not solve the current $1.4 billion gap between Republicans and Gov. Dayton.
The "budget jackpot" ads start Tuesday in greater Minnesota.
I am neither for or against racinos. I don't gamble away money that I can use for something more important. But didn't Dayton say he didn't want to go after the poor or middle class? Governor Dayton, who do you think loses more money at the Casinos than the poor and middle class? At least welfare money can go back into the system.
There are 18 tribal casinos across the State that pay zero taxes. If people are going to gamble, regardless of their financial status, don't you think the State might as well get a piece of the action? Especially when the State is dead broke. Racinos make perfect sense.