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Pennsylvania Bill Would Gut Horse Racing Fund
Bloodhorse ^ | January 31, 2014 | Tom LaMarra

Posted on 01/31/2014 6:15:53 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

A Pennsylvania lawmaker's proposal to gut the Race Horse Development Fund supported by revenue from slot machines generated a strong response from the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, which represents owners, breeders, and trainers of racehorses in the state.

Republican Rep. Todd Stevens introduced legislation that would shift $250 million a year—almost the entire amount racing and breeding gets from slot machine revenue—to fund education in Pennsylvania. In statements, the lawmaker from southeastern Pennsylvania said horse racing is for the wealthy and elite, and that education should be the priority.

(Excerpt) Read more at bloodhorse.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: education; gambling; horseracing; horses; pennsylvania; stevens
Anyone familiar with Todd Stevens (though I think it is spelled Stephens)?
1 posted on 01/31/2014 6:15:53 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

No, but it looks like he’s in favor of distributing income from people who work around horses to “education.”


2 posted on 01/31/2014 6:17:29 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I think I’d ditch the fund altogether.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 6:19:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Or else trying to paint dems into a corner where they will have to pick between their rich backers and the teacher’s union.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 6:20:51 PM PST by PAR35
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To: cripplecreek

I’ll be sorry to see horse racing go, but I can see the writing on the wall.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 6:22:05 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

That is the point horse racing no longer attracts large numbers of fans. Race tracks have closed across the country.
The only reason some have survived is that laws are passed to allow slot machines at the tracks racinos is name for this hybrid. The slots draw the people to the track.


6 posted on 01/31/2014 6:25:47 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: ConservativeStatement

Why can’t the horse racing industry survive without heavy tax subsidies?


7 posted on 01/31/2014 6:26:36 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Horse-racing fan here.

Doesn’t know much about it, does he? Wealthy and elite. First, most fans are not. Second, the bread and butter of racing is everyday owners and trainers. They hope to make it big but rarely do.

This is not Ascot.

But, I’m not big on taxes supporting anything. From that standpoint, fine.

But please stop with the buzzword “education”. Crock of /;::;$))&$/. When are these morons going to learn, ha ha , money does not mean great education?

He’s trying the typical lib meme of “FOR THE CHIIIILLLDREEENNNN”.


8 posted on 01/31/2014 6:26:38 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Maine Mariner

Oh, I get it . . . I simply would like horse tracks to be treated as casinos, instead of (politically-connected) casinos trying to put horse tracks out of business.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 6:27:34 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

PA was NEVER a hub of racing. Never. It’s always been bush-league.

It is not disappearing anytime soon, not at the important centers.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 6:28:48 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I’m in Illinois, and I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that our government is trying to put the horse racing industry out of business.


11 posted on 01/31/2014 6:31:00 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: cripplecreek
I think I’d ditch the fund altogether.

Ditto. I remember when the lottery started in Florida. The money was to go to education. I guess it did but I always wondered what happened to the "education" money that was there in the first place.

The bottom line: it's impossible to trust most politicians with the taxpayers money.
12 posted on 01/31/2014 6:31:07 PM PST by Shannon
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To: 1rudeboy

I haven’t read the article yet but from the same web site dedicated to horse racing:

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/83148/illinois-horsemen-object-to-stakes-inclusion


13 posted on 01/31/2014 6:34:33 PM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: 1rudeboy

Which is funny, because Chicago was one of the top centers. I’d say the last on the list of those circuits that could survive.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 6:35:42 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Jackson Harness raceway closed in 08. Seems to be the same sort of thing involving slot machines.

Story from 2009

http://blog.mlive.com/bradosphere/2009/10/jackson_harness_raceway_its_st.html

I personally don’t gamble or care for horse racing but don’t care what they do down there as long as I don’t have to pay for it.


15 posted on 01/31/2014 6:36:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GeronL

I don’t claim to have the ideal answer to the question and it likely is complicated. In a short, probably imperfect answer, the industry is hurting in some corners and is bolstered by casinos on or adjacent to the properties. Some pessimists see it going the way of greyhound racing.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 6:36:32 PM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Except Smarty Jones was oh-so-close to winning the Triple Crown.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 6:37:32 PM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Our best trainers are packing up and leaving. To where, I don’t know, because I don’t follow horse racing that closely. But it’s what I’m hearing from the handicappers.


18 posted on 01/31/2014 6:38:09 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: ConservativeStatement

Smarty, whom I loved, is a drop in the bucket of the vast history of racing in and of PA. There are more involved in Standardbred trotters than TBs.


19 posted on 01/31/2014 6:47:54 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Yes, don’t know where. Maybe KY. Closest survivable circuit.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 6:49:05 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

$250 million Union PAYOFF...............................


21 posted on 01/31/2014 6:51:20 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: cripplecreek

Harness racing is a completely different animal. It has never been big for 100 years, yet it’s still here. Interesting to note. But still not a good comparison to running races. It is bush league to TB Ascot.


22 posted on 01/31/2014 6:51:54 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Shannon

>>The money was to go to education. I guess it did but I always wondered what happened to the “education” money that was there in the first place.

Money is the ultimate fungible commodity. Lots of room for shenanigans with “education” money.


23 posted on 01/31/2014 7:10:45 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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24 posted on 01/31/2014 7:32:58 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 1rudeboy

Hollywood park in West Los Angeles closed a couple of months ago. Man, I was shocked when I heard this. That place was a very famous spot for decades.

I guess the appreciation of the sport hasn’t been handed down to the replacement generation.

I’ve never been a big horse racing fan, but I don’t like seeing much of anything die out. Horse racing has it’s place. Unfortunately not as much as it used to.


25 posted on 01/31/2014 8:56:42 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: DoughtyOne
I guess the appreciation of the sport hasn’t been handed down to the replacement generation.

It used to be the only legal place to gamble. Lot more options now.

26 posted on 02/01/2014 9:41:59 AM PST by Ditto
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To: Ditto

Good point...


27 posted on 02/01/2014 1:58:21 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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