Gambling action at the Legislature is going to be hot and heavy come January.
Profit Minnesota, an organization backed by the state’s bar and restaurant owners, is poised to launch a new “grass-roots” campaign Tuesday to promote state-regulated gaming in bars and restaurants.
With the $6 billion state budget deficit, various pro-gambling forces plan major efforts at the Legislature in 2011.
Canterbury Park and others will be lobbying for a “racino” at the Shakopee track. DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton has proposed a casino at either the Mall of America or the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Bar and restaurant owners have previously supported expanding electronic pulltabs, and video bingo games, among others. Here’s what the MLBA backed in the 2010 legislative session.