Minnesota Racetracks Upset Over these Appointments

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz appointed Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe chief executive Melanie Benjamin and Johnny Johnson, former president of the Prairie Island Indian Community, to the Minnesota Racing Commission. Both tribes run casinos in MInnesota.

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“The Racing Commission’s job is to regulate the industry and our two leaders, President Johnson and Chief Executive Benjamin are more familiar than probably anybody in the state on the regulation of gambling,” Walz said, referring to them as “two good folks” who “understand that responsibility.”

“Consequently, these appointments raise important concerns for the racetracks, our employees and horse owners,” Sampson said. “Minnesota’s horse industry needs to be confident that all commission members will meet their legal and fiduciary responsibility to regulate racing while promoting the state’s horse industry.”

The state’s two horse-racing tracks, Canterbury Park in Shakopee and Running Aces in Columbus, were not pleased. … continue reading at The Star Tribune

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