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Allies of Pro-Casino Governor Pull Bill That Lacked Votes

18 May 2005

Las Vegas Sun

ST. PAUL -- Conceding their bill would have been defeated, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his state casino bill allies again put off a House committee hearing Tuesday while refusing to declare the issue dead for the year.

The lack of casino revenue deprives Pawlenty of at least $200 million he was counting on to balance the state budget.

It was the second straight day the casino vote in the House Taxes Committee was postponed just hours before a planned hearing. Pawlenty, who has been seeking support for a state-tribal casino, has seen the bill languish in the Taxes Committee since mid-April. The latest plan had called for both the state-tribal casino and a second casino to be operated by Canterbury Park racetrack in Shakopee, where both facilities would have been located.

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