Two legislators kicked off this year’s version a racino bill with a press conference this morning: They want to raise millions for a Vikings stadium or other projects by allowing slot machines at the state’s two horse racing tracks.
Former state Sen. Dick Day, who resigned last year to lobby on this issue, was there lauding the bill’s potential to raise money for the state.
Sponsors are Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, and Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin.
For political reasons there’s no specific mention of the Vikings, but the bill says it would use the $125 million that potentially could be raised for rural development, early childhood development research and development of bioscience and medical technology, athletic and recreational facilities, and the general fund.
And they’re calling it the “Jobs, Family and Economic Development Fund.”
Chances of it passing this year? Most say: not good.