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Piontkowski Disagrees With Governor

Published: July 19, 2010 2:42 pm ET

Last Comment: July 20, 2010 7:56 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

In Massachusetts, Plainridge Racecourse CEO Gary Piontkowski scored with a major story in the Boston Herald where he provided racing’s side of the battle for slots in the Bay State.

Piontkowski told the paper, “The governor is absolutely wrong” in his claim there are no jobs with racinos, citing data from 12 states showing an average of 2,419 jobs at 45 racinos, generating an average of $202 million in tax revenue for each state.

The governor, Deval Patrick, has refused to discuss the issue with Piontkowski, sending an email saying, “The governor’s schedule is fully booked for the next few months.”

To read the Boston Herald article, click here.

(Harness Tracks of America)

July 20, 2010 - 7:56 amThe speaker of the House in

The speaker of the House in Massachusetts is insisting that two former dog tracks (voters eliminated dog racing in the state) get slots along with Plainridge and Suffolk Downs. If he backed off that position, a compromise would be possible.

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