Slot machines to boost state revenue?

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Would you support slot machines in your state if it meant serious revenue? From MPR News Slot machines, tax exemptions among state revenue suggestions:

DFL Representative Phyllis Kahn has introduced a different gambling related bill. She wants to allow slot machines at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

“I have always said that gambling is a regressive tax on stupidity,” Kahn said. “Well, this makes it a progressive tax on stupidity because people who have boarding passes are at a higher income level cut than people without boarding passes.”

A 2004 fiscal analysis of Kahn’s bill suggests the state would capture about $16 million a year from her proposal.

I wonder how gamblers, visitors, and Minnesota residents feel about that. It wouldn’t be the only suggestion:

Republican Senator Dick Day said he’ll propose a bill that would allow slot machines at the Canterbury Park Race track.

Combined with both parties conducting a seek&find for spending cuts…well, I really want to know what you think. Is a mixture of gambling and cuts the answer? How would that impact Minnesota’s future?


This is an open discussion. You don’t have to be from Minnesota to answer, and you’re welcome to link to your related Gather articles or other online resources. Your comments may be quoted on the air or on

Julia Schrenkler
Interactive Producer
Minnesota Public Radio
American Public Media
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