Gov. Mark Dayton says if Minnesota expands gambling, a state-owned casino would be the best way to go about it.
Horse track owners have long sought to add slot machines. But the new DFL governor says so-called racinos will not produce as much cash for the state at a time when it's desperate for new revenue.
"I'm not a fan of gambling myself, but I recognize a lot of people want to do it," said Dayton. "I propose one state-owned and operated casino at the Mall of America, or possibly at the airport or downtown Minneapolis. Somewhere where the state would derive maximum financial benefit."
Dayton says gambling can help Minnesota's public schools, which are struggling with tight budgets.
Indian tribes currently operate all of Minnesota's 18 casinos. They have opposed expansion of casino gambling off reservations.