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Gamblers’ Money Going to the Dogs

... and the ponies, too, as breeders cash in on $92M casino purse

April 2, 2013

WHEELING — West Virginia gamblers and taxpayers subsidized greyhound and thoroughbred breeders with at least $92 million during fiscal year 2012, according to the state Lottery Commission....

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Apr-03-13 8:01 PM

How about giving those jackpot winners a tax break-we all know they loose in the end. Even if the gambler uses a player card and spent 20K and wins 5K, they are taxed by WV on the 5K Nobody wins from gambling. What did these zombies do before the slots?

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Apr-03-13 1:09 PM


If you gamble...I can save you's how. Every time you have the addictive impulse to gamble...give me half of your money, I'll give you a good hard ear-slap, and then you go home to your family with money left in your pocket instead of nothing..

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Apr-02-13 11:54 PM

Those that want more money for senior citizen in home care will be happy to know Snyder's amendment provides for an increase in money going to that fund. That's coming from a supporter of the racing industry by the way. The racing industry certainly doesn't have any objection to voters persuading the state to give more money to seniors. Suggesting that would be absurd. Voters voted to bring in slots with money trickling down to WV residents and businesses through racing, where there is very little room for profit so most of it truly goes not to the racing industry itself, but flows through to those it supports. The state brings many, many millions in tax money from gambling. If more of that money is needed for seniors then that is on the state and the voters to make it happen. The racing industry has nothing to do with it. The original bill was designed to take money out of WV business and workers and give it to out of state casino corporations. Why? That's ludacris.

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Apr-02-13 10:48 PM

I seem to recall that the Governor's family business involves dog racing and there were allegations in a previous election campaign that he had steered considerable amounts of money to his family dog breeding/racing business. Not much was made of that and the media did not report $92 million dollars going to the dog breeders/racers. Thats a lot of Alpo, something like nine times what goes to the senior citizens.And you have to have racing to have a casino, by the law we never passed. Sweet deal for the cronies. Thats a fortune. Oh well we have Earl Ray for nearly four more years or does he have us? None of this has ever been reported but then we mostly just get press releases issued by politicians and special interests printed unchallenged by our watchdog media. Thats sarcasm Sheldon.

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Apr-02-13 6:42 PM

How is it that Wheeling Downs ran at a profit for decades, but now that the casino feels their taxes are too high, they claim the dog races that kept that facility going for years are now a "burden". If I'm not mistaken, once they got gambling passed with the stipulation that gaming was only permitted at facilities with tracks, they started cutting back right away on the races. Since then, they've done everything possible (perhaps not completely intentionally) to hurt the dog racing side of their business.

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Apr-02-13 5:08 PM

No surprise, another one sided misleading article jammed down the throat of the locals to make everyone feel sorry for the billion dollar casino company. Nevermind that they claimed they needed slots to trickle down to support thousands of jobs supported by racing. Sorry Joe Public, but that no longer fits our casinos agenda. Screw the thousands of people supported in WV by racing, now we want to put them out of business to increase our profits. Oh, and by the way, after we get that accomplished we will still fire the 105 table game workers anyway and replace table games with higher earnign slot machines. What a scam. Worst of all, the Senate President sponsored the bill. Rotten politics at it's finest.

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Apr-02-13 5:06 PM


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Apr-02-13 1:08 PM

Didn't the track owners state that they needed voters to approve slots to help the racing industries and the jobs and trickle down economic effect that they had on dozens of other WV businesses? By the way, the WV Racing Assn quoted in the article is the casino's lobbying group and is in now way connected to racing. How disingenuis of this paper, but who is surprised?

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Apr-02-13 12:57 PM

It won't be long until they will consider the track & casino a "Charity" And of course it's well known that "Charities" are non- profit. They all make a profit in one form or another. I don't care if they make a profit but don't think everyone is so stupid and believe them.

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Apr-02-13 12:57 PM

It won't be long until they will consider the track & casino a "Charity" And of course it's well known that "Charities" are non- profit. They all make a profit in one form or another. I don't care if they make a profit but don't think everyone is so stupid and believe them.

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Apr-02-13 12:32 PM

Mr. Jenkins must be deep in the pockets of the track people. Whatever they want him to print, he'll do it. I am no journalist but I am told that they are supposed to get both sides of the story. I guess Simms didn't want the dog people to have the chance to defend themselves. It might work against the image of a poor starving $billion dollar gambling operation.

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Apr-02-13 11:54 AM

I would not care if the place closed either. They can take all the parlors with them. Our priorities as a state are awfully screwed up. The politicians cant resist the poison but the jobless should resist their temptations at the poison. The only difference is that the lawmakers make their gains legal. This is hurting everyone. Shame on our state.

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Apr-02-13 10:19 AM

The slots subsidized the dog racing ever since slots were legalized. That is the way it was set up. That was how many years go? 20 maybe. you never heard the casino cry about it till now. They made their money when their were no other casinos around. When PA casinos opened and treated the players a lot better , Wheeling started phasing out table games. Complimentaries were cut way back and half the tables were removed and replaced with slots. Right before Ohio opened casinos, table games were moved into a small area in the back of the casino. When the middle of july rolls around, those tables will be gone and replaced with slots. Simms will be gone to fleece another community.

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Apr-02-13 10:15 AM

I'm tired of reading about these bums on the front page. It would be one business that could shut down and be a plus for the community. Time to start the daily front page stories about the half marathon.

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Apr-02-13 8:57 AM

Enough of Simms, the breeders, the dogs, and the horses. It would be no loss if the Wheeling casino would shut down entirely. It is doomed anyway so face the music now.

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Apr-02-13 7:28 AM

50% reimbursement for slot purchases? Complaining that it will be reduced to 25%? Everyone else gets 0% on their capital expenditures. Stop corporate welfare!

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Apr-02-13 7:24 AM

10 million for the Senior Citizens and 92 million for dog and horse peeps! Do realize that the gobernor and his family have made a lot of money in the dog breeding business! That is why we have the best political system on the face of the Earth....just ask the politicians!

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Apr-02-13 7:00 AM


In the forthcoming year, the state of West Virginia will spend $497,035 for children with Autism, $7,271,757 for Special Education for exceptional Children and $12,866,163 for education of the deaf and the blind. THAT'S ABOUT 70 MILLION DOLLARS LESS THAN THEY WILL SPEND TO PAY DOG AND HORSE BREEDERS THIS YEAR.

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