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.

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

Hmmm, looks as if the Indian Gaming Commission has now also gotten to the Republican side of the aisle. And the monopoly continues...

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