Willmar chamber hears pitch for Racino
Former State Senator Dick Day said he's a bit baffled that Minnesota legislators have repeatedly turned down proposals to allow a racino to operate in the state.
In a sales pitch today to members of the Willmar Chamber of Commerce, Day, president of an organization called Racino Now, said a racino operated by the state's lottery system would generate $125 million every year in new revenue.
That's money that could be used to help balance the state's budget, said Day.
He said he's encouraged that Gov. Mark Dayton said this week he'd support a racino if the revenue went to education.
Day said he hopes legislators are "level headed enough" to approve a racino this year to help off-set budget cuts with new revenue.
He said there's a 50-50 chance it will be approved this year.
Read more on this story Saturday in the West Central Tribune.