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Monday, February 7

Front page: OTB on racing committee agenda, Tedisco calls out 2.75% racing "surcharge"

Good morning!

Racing stakeholders will meeting before the state Senate’s Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering are expected to discuss Off-Track Betting. [Srtgn]

Assemblyman James Tedisco calls Gov. Cuomo's proposed 2.75 percent surcharge on racing purses a tax. [PstStr]

Cuomo is taking aim at school district superintendent salaries during budget presentations. [NYT]

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will back Cuomo on ethics reform, while Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos holds out on a key provision. [NYP]

New York State Police drive 1,400 state funded vehicles home. []


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time someone in state government is viewing the horseracing industry as an asset rather than a libility to the taxpayer.

February 7, 2011 at 9:27 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taking a 2.75% fee from the purses plus an entry fee and eliminating the funds for the host VLT communities which contibute millions to the state sound more like abusing an asset and the communities who support these asset. The State should be providing an environment for racing and their investors to grow not put up barriers to growth. Eliminate the excess thwo to three hundred consultant and political appointees to positions they have no knowledge or expertise of and that would provide more relief to the budget and anopportunity for racing to grow. The current proposal does not.

February 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM 

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