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Texas gambling expansion could generate new jobs

15 April 2009

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- As reported by WFAA-TV: "As riders and their horses 'kick up' a new day at Lone Star Park, anticipation is high for a new season of live racing.

"...On busy days, the race track employs 1,200 people who maintain, clean and serve patrons. Last year, attendance at Lone Star Park was up five percent.

"But times have changed.

"This year, Mayfield cut his stable's operation by more than half.

"...But the economy is not the number one concern at Lone Star Park. They're expecting big crowds again this year.

"The larger issue is that Lone Star is losing out to nearby states that permit casino games at their tracks. Texas does not, but that could change.

"The City of Grand Prairie owns Lone Star Park, and Mayor Charles England went to Austin to testify in support of expanded gambling. He says it means bigger prize money and better talent. 'It will bring billions of dollars into the state,' he said.

"...With casino-style gambling, Lone Star vice president G.W. Hail predicts a major boost for his industry. 'Fifty-three thousand new jobs would be created,' he predicted.

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