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GUEST COLUMN: More slots won’t fix the budget


I want to share my thoughts about adding slot machines to existing racetracks in Minnesota.

On Feb. 16, the editorial board was lobbied to write an endorsement for racino gambling. We were told this would add $100 million new tax dollars to the state’s coffers, possibly solving everything from K-12 education shortfalls, building the Vikings a new stadium, filling potholes, and who knows what else.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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