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Monday, April 04, 2005

Senate says no to casino, racino

A Senate committee voted in a bipartisan way to put the kibosh on the governor's plans to build a casino in order to provide more money for state government. Predictably, he railed against the Senate, calling this against "fairness in gaming" and saying this means taxes will have to be raised. Of course, a casino would be a tax on the statistically ignorant, but the governor doesn't see it as a tax.

This plan crashing and burning in the Senate wasn't terribly surprising. The lopsidedness of the vote probably means that the issue is dead for the year.


At 1:52 AM, April 05, 2005, Anonymous Chris said...

"What they're essentially saying is, they'd rather raise taxes than to have fairness in gaming, and they're not willing to significantly help the disadvantaged Native Americans in northern tribes," Pawlenty said.

Because starting a jointly-owned metro-area casino is the only possible way of helping the northern tribes...


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