Support Racino legislation

Dear Editor:

Minnesota’s equine industry consists of jobs of all types from horse trainer to farm equipment dealer. Our state needs Racinos to compete nationally and ensure the growth of an ailing equine industry. Senator Sean Nienow can help us take that bold first step.

Sen. Nienow will get another chance to vote on this important bill before the end of session and members of the equine industry hope he will keep its education and job benefits in mind. If the legislature does not pass this bill in 2012, more jobs will leave Minnesota for Racino states, which offer more hospitable economic environments. Racinos are a proven economic engine. Pennsylvania, for example, grew its equine and related industries by 42,000 jobs and increased its overall value by more than $3 billion in four years.

Sen. Nienow: Whether you cast your vote for the horses, education or jobs, please side with the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans who support Racino. And fans, call the Senator at 651-296-5419 and let him know where you stand.

Rosemary Higgins, Executive Director
Equine Development Coalition of MN, Princeton