COLUMBUS, Minn. - A Twin Cities-area horse racing park is running radio ads statewide encouraging Minnesota lawmakers to consider expanded horse-track gambling as a source of new tax revenue that could help end the state's government shutdown.
The ads by Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus started running Monday on several Twin Cities stations and will begin Tuesday in Brainerd, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester and Willmar.
The ads note that both Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers have said gambling tax revenue could be part of a budget deal.
The ads running in Greater Minnesota names specific lawmakers and urges listeners to contact them in support of the racino. Both Running Aces and Canterbury Park in Shakopee have been seeking to add video slot machines at their stablishments.