• Gambling expansion “a crusade for bigger government,” think tank CEO says

    March 27, 2011

    The top official of a conservative Minnesota think tank has called the campaign to expand gambling “a crusade for bigger government.” The March 26 edition of the Star-Tribune featured a guest column by Freedom Foundation CEO Annette Meeks. Meeks challenged the basic assumption that gambling expansion would produce significant benefits for the state. Here’s the complete text. (more…)

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  • Don’t ignore tribal gaming benefits, experts urge state

    March 24, 2011

    A March 21 blog by internationally recognized Indian gaming law experts Kathryn R.L. Rand and Steven Andrew Knight, co-directors of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota, urges Minnesota legislators to think carefully before adopting gambling policies that might harm rural areas of the state. Here’s what Rand and Knight had to say: (more…)

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  • Racino a “public policy distraction,” says MN2020

    March 24, 2011

    MN 2020 says that Racinos are a public policy distraction. The full blog post, Bet the Nag: Racino as a Policy Distraction,  is included after the break. (more…)

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  • Citizens speaking out against racino

    March 23, 2011

    Minnesota citizens are speaking out against the racino, and giving their legislators an earful. According to statistics from the MIGA Website Action Center, more than 100 Minnesotans have emailed Governor Dayton and their local legislators with messages over the past 24 hours opposing the racino and other proposed forms of gambling expansion. Many of those messages have been targeted to Sen. Claire Robling and Rep. Michael Beard, who represent District 35, where the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is located. Robling is a strong supporter of the racino. (more…)

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  • Fond du Lac Band protects jobs and programs

    March 20, 2011

    For many Indian tribes, their casinos are not only their primary revenue source, but also among the largest employers in the counties where they are located. A February 20 article in the Duluth News Tribune highlighted the commitment of one tribe to protecting its employees as well as its tribal members from recession-related cuts. Here’s the whole story: (more…)

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  • Shakopee Sioux Community speaks out on racino claims

    March 18, 2011

    The staff counsel for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has spoken out in response to a recent racino story that appeared in several southern Minnesota newspapers. Here is William J. Hardacker’s commentary: (more…)

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  • Racino poses risk of regional job loss, Leecy says

    March 13, 2011

    The Chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa has expressed concern that the push for slot machines at racetracks in Minnesota could lead to a racino in his tribal casino’s backyard.

    Chairman Kevin Leecy said a proposed racino in Hibbing could cost hundreds of jobs at Fortune Bay Casino in Tower. His comments appeared in the March 8 edition of the Duluth News Tribune. The Hibbing racino is one of as many as four that would be authorized if the Minnesota Legislature passes a bill allowing slot machines at state racetracks.

    Here’s what Chairman Leecy had to say: (more…)

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  • 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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