Each Monday from now until the election, we'll pose a question on an issue that's pertinent to the race for Minnesota governor. Today's Question: Do you support an expansion of gambling to generate revenue for the state?
Republican candidate Tom Emmer:
We live in a world where spending beyond our means is no longer an option.
We balance our family budgets by cutting expenses to pay for essential needs. Food on the table. Clothes for our kids. The roof over our head.
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State government must do the same.
In regard to the expansion of gambling, if the legislature passed a proposal for purposes of expanding economic opportunity and allowing for competition in the existing gaming industry, I would, as governor, have to consider signing the bill. On the other hand, if the proposal was presented as an attempt to avoid taking responsibility in seeking meaningful, serious government reform for our state, I would reject the proposal.
DFL candidate Mark Dayton:
I would consider one state-owned casino at the Mall of America to fund five day school weeks and lower class sizes in our public schools.
Independence Party candidate Tom Horner:
A racino at Canterbury and Running Aces makes sense for all Minnesotans. It gives those who want to gamble the opportunity to do so in the security of a state-run casino and it creates new revenue to help solve the state's $6 billion deficit, all while managing the expansion of gambling in Minnesota.