News

  • MIGA now active on Twitter

    February 21, 2011

    Supporters looking for current news from MIGA now can stay connected via Twitter. Tweeting as @mnindiangaming, the association is posting MIGA news, legislative updates, and links to news coverage about gambling and expansion experiences in other states.

    “It’s important for Minnesotans to understand the experience of other states that have relied on VLTs, casinos and racinos for revenue,” said MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy. “Every day, the failure of gambling to solve state fiscal problems is making news somewhere. The people here have a right to know about those situations.”

  • MIGA to supporters: Speak out against slots in bars

    February 17, 2011

    The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) is asking tribal employees, vendors and supporters to urge their state senators to oppose SF174 and SF 308, two bills that would authorize slot machines in more than 2,500 bars and restaurants across Minnesota.

    MIGA issued its alert today in response to last week’s introduction of two neighborhood gambling bills in the Minnesota Senate. MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy said either measure would do immeasurable harm to Indian gaming and change the face of Minnesota neighborhoods forever. (more…)

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  • Racino no jackpot for Minnesota, MIGA says

    February 16, 2011

    Racinos at Canterbury Park and Running Aces Harness Track offer no jackpot for Minnesota, says MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy in an opinion commentary published in today’s Bemidji Pioneer. (more…)

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  • MIGA responds to state cash card concerns

    February 11, 2011

    The member tribes of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) are taking necessary steps to ensure that the cash cards given to public assistance recipients in Minnesota to purchase food and necessities cannot be used for cash withdrawals at tribal gaming properties. (more…)

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  • State casinos add to gambling addiction, says CBS “60 Minutes”

    January 10, 2011

    The Sunday, January 9 edition of the CBS news program “Sixty Minutes” aired a segment linking the increased availability of slot machine gambling to increased gambling addiction, and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell didn’t seem a bit happy about it. (more…)

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  • Gambling expansion no solution to budget deficit, Leecy says

    January 2, 2011

    On Saturday, January 1, the Duluth News Tribune featured a guest column by Bois Forte Chairman Kevin Leecy. Leecy, who also serves as Vice Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), challenged the idea that gambling expansion promises a solution to the state’s budget deficit. Here’s the full text of Chairman Leecy’s column: (more…)

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  • Candidates air views on gambling expansion

    October 13, 2010

    The three major candidates for Governor of Minnesota are making their views known on gambling expansion, and the news isn’t good for Minnesota tribes.

    MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy said that Independence Party candidate Tom Horner, Republican nominee Tom Emmer, and DFL standard-bearer Mark Dayton are “only looking at the up-side” of opening state-sponsored casinos in Minnesota, without looking at the cost to Indian tribes and rural communities. (more…)

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  • Racino proposal fails in 2010 MN legislature

    May 27, 2010

    Despite aggressive last-minute political maneuvers by racino supporters, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned on May 17 without passing the racino proposal or any other measure to expand gambling in the state.

    Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) Executive Director John McCarthy said that opposition to the racino cut across party lines, and reflected a wide range of concerns with gambling expansion. (more…)

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  • House research: reality check on racino revenues

    March 30, 2010

    A report issued by the Minnesota legislature’s non-partisan House Research Department has provided legislators with a sharp reality check on the amount of revenue they should expect from proposed racinos at Canterbury Park and Running Aces Harness Track.

    While Racino Now lobbyist Dick Day claims the proposed racinos will generate $125 million per year for the state, a memo issued February 18 by House Research Director Patrick McCormack suggests the amount will be substantially lower. (more…)

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  • Freedom Foundation challenges racino claims

    March 17, 2010

    A statewide non-partisan think tank has published a report challenging the claims made by Racino Now, the racino advocacy group led by former State Senator Dick Day, who serves as the group’s primary spokesperson. (more…)

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John McCarthy, MIGA Executive Director
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