Slots Opponent says:

“We should be saddling horses, not taxpayers,” said Martin Cothran, spokesman for Say No To Casinos. Cothran charged that taxpayers were being saddled with over a billion in debt to bail out wealthy horse racing tracks.

“At a time when many Kentucky taxpayers are struggling to pay their mortgages, state lawmakers in the House just voted to saddle taxpayers with the biggest mortgage since 1990 to bail out wealthy horse tracks, some of which pay their top executives millions of dollars in wages and benefits. There is no guarantee that we can pay this back.”

“State lawmakers just foreclosed on common sense,” said Cothran. “Unless the Senate stops this, financial irresponsibility will be Kentucky’s signature industry.”

The comments came after the House approved slots legislation with just 1 vote over the needed 51 votes – 52 to 45.…

Texas Casino Slots

AUSTIN, Texas –Allowing video slots gambling at horse and dog racing tracks would create rural jobs and boost Texas’ position in the national horse racing scene, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs testified Monday.

Both Rep. Ron Wilson, D-Houston, and Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, laid out separate proposals to a House education committee that would allow the state to tax video gambling at horse and dog tracks to help pay for public education. Republican Gov. Rick Perry detailed a similar proposal as part of larger package earlier this month.

Lawmakers, called back into session last week by Perry, are looking for ways to replace decreased property taxes in the state’s public education budget.

While some have argued that video gambling is not a stable source of revenue, Combs told the committee that the proposal would be a huge economic boon to the state’s equine industry.…