Pat Garofalo, author of Racino legislation, says 'Racino is dead'
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.
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:
He also reaffirmed his change in opinion with the following tweet a few minutes earlier:
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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