Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Taxes vs. Gambling to Support a Worthy Cause 

I think most Minnesotans would agree that the state benefits from spending money on education and roads. However, there appears to be so division into how best to raise the funds. If the causes are truly worth the investment, shouldn't they be paid for through taxes rather than gambling revenues? Personally, I see a conflict of interest in using gambling revenues to support education. Doesn't that create a disincentive to teaching basic math skills? Let's not fund our state with the gambling losses of our mathematically challenged citizens.

Letters from readers:
"Funding source refused

Thank you, Senate DFLers, for voting away millions of dollars by defeating the racino bill! That money could have been used for education and roads, but now Minnesota taxpayers will again have to take up the slack. I hope this fall voters will make some changes so this won't happen again.

James Cummings, Nisswa, Minn. "

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