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Pat Garofalo, author of Racino legislation, says 'Racino is dead'

Rep. Pat Garofolo turned on his own legislation
Rep. Pat Garofolo turned on his own legislation

Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, is now betting against slot machines at the state's horse-racing tracks.


Garofola authored racino legislation last session, but has recently had a change of heart.

Racino supporters wanted slot machines installed at Canterbury Park and Running Aces, Minnesota's two state-regulated horse-racing tracks. They cited increased revenue for the state and job opportunities among the benefits.


But Canterbury Park and the Mdewakanton Sioux reached a deal June 4 that will likely end Canterbury Park's efforts in support of off-reservation slot machines.

In exchange, the Mdewakanton will be paying the horse-racing track about $80 million over the next ten years.

Garofalo shared his support for the recent deal in the following tweet:

Pat Garofalo, author of Racino legislation, says 'Racino is dead'


He also reaffirmed his change in opinion with the following tweet a few minutes earlier:

Pat Garofalo, author of Racino legislation, says 'Racino is dead'


It seems Garofalo thought the legislation was too much of a gamble.

More recent Racino legislation coverage:

-- Senate committee kills Racino bill
-- Racino is dead: Canterbury Park and Mdewakanton Sioux reportedly strike agreement


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