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ST. PAUL — Former State Senator Dick Day will be in St. Cloud Friday to talk with the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce about a plan to bring a Racino to Minnesota.

Speaking on WJON this morning, Day says it is a way to bring revenue into the state of Minnesota without raising taxes.

Day says currently, casinos are controlled by tribes who don’t pay the state.  He says Minnesota is the only state in the union that doesn’t receive any revenue from casinos.

Day says it’s a fair way to add state revenue in Minnesota by promoting competition and avoiding tax increases.

Day says the latest poll shows 80-percent of Minnesotans favor a Racino and the Minnesota State Lottery estimates it would generate at least $125-million a year in state revenue.

Day says they are still about two dozen votes short in the Minnesota House and he is traveling the state to convince business leaders to reach out to state lawmakers urging them to support the plan to put slot machines at race tracks.

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