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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Racinos create jobs

More than 80 percent of Minnesotans are in favor of Racinos. The Racino bill in the Legislature will support higher education, create jobs in construction, hospitality and agriculture, and benefit the horse industry in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, the horse industry contributes $1 billion annually to the state’s economy, and the Racino legislation would help out all horse-related businesses including racing, breeding and other agriculture industries. Approximately $130 million per year would be available to promote the horse industry.

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Sen. John Carlson (R-Dist. 4) voted no in committee on March 19 on the bill allowing Racinos in Minnesota. We need to let him know that Racino would help family-owned farms and all the related agricultural jobs everywhere in the state. The revenue – estimated at $250 per budget cycle – would also mean a quicker payback for the school shift that legislators used to balance the budget.

Minnesota needs to strengthen all areas of the horse industry and Racino is one way to accomplish that. Minnesota has the ninth largest horse population in the nation with more than 155,000 horses used in racing, breeding, showing and recreational riding. Call or email Sen. Carlson at 651-296-4913 or sen.john.carlson@senate.mn and tell him Racino needs his vote.

Greg Booth

Sunup Ranch

Rural Brainerd

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