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W.Va. Taxpayers Subsidizing Out-of-State Horse Breeding

April 28, 2013

WHEELING — State taxpayers shelled out $92 million last year to fund horse and dog racing in West Virginia, a review by the Sunday News-Register has reveale....

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Ladydiamond

Apr-28-13 9:38 AM

We still have multi millions of dollars going out of state every MONTH which is not being addressed. Our State leaders offer a concern for 3 or 4 million dollars per YEAR going to out of state horse breeders while multi millions are going out the side door every MONTH through VLM and table gaming. I hope this is not a distraction so the citizens are left thinking our leaders are looking out for us when there are bigger fish for them to fry. These multi millions of dollars stolen from addicted, vulnerable citizens are leaving the state, never to return and will never benefit the state of WV. Gambling is an addiction and it is robbing people of their hard earned money and taking people away from their families and community so a handful of people can wallow in luxury and get mega rich. Get rid of these corrupt people who are stealing and robbing and end the gambling industry in WV instead of looking for ways to continue robbing and profiting from the weakness of man.

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Ladydiamond

Apr-28-13 9:38 AM

We still have multi millions of dollars going out of state every MONTH which is not being addressed. Our State leaders offer a concern for 3 or 4 million dollars per YEAR going to out of state horse breeders while multi millions are going out the side door every MONTH through VLM and table gaming. I hope this is not a distraction so the citizens are left thinking our leaders are looking out for us when there are bigger fish for them to fry. These multi millions of dollars stolen from addicted, vulnerable citizens are leaving the state, never to return and will never benefit the state of WV. Gambling is an addiction and it is robbing people of their hard earned money and taking people away from their families and community so a handful of people can wallow in luxury and get mega rich. Get rid of these corrupt people who are stealing and robbing and end the gambling industry in WV instead of looking for ways to continue robbing and profiting from the weakness of man.

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Ladydiamond

Apr-28-13 9:39 AM

I readdy have to stop double clicking. Sheesh!

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Ladydiamond

Apr-28-13 9:40 AM

really

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Hefner

Apr-28-13 10:32 AM

And yet prostitution is illegal.

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wonderwhy

Apr-28-13 10:34 AM

Hef thinking about prostitution. Figures.

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zip064

Apr-28-13 10:42 AM

When gambling (racing) was legalized, just what did the voters think they were getting? Duh.... don't cry about it now.

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dyingov

Apr-28-13 11:17 AM

Politicians "give" money to racing industry and racing industries give to the political campaign....Do the peeps really not "get it"?

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Hefner

Apr-28-13 11:28 AM

For all that WV needs, this is where much needing spending is going? Considering all the graft, the subsidizes, and the skimming, I wonder what the net benefit to the state is of legalized gambling. It is a stretch to label this as "legalized."

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VincentVega

Apr-28-13 11:40 AM

IS THIS A CRIME?

Throwing away 92 MILLION DOLLARS a year of West Virginia taxpayer's money to non-contributing out-of-state and carpetbagging DOG & HORSE BREEDERS is OUTRAGEOUS! Further defense of this irrational subsidy would be UNCONSCIONABLE! The total has likely exceeded A BILLION DOLLARS. MONEY THAT COULD HAVE DONE SO MUCH FOR WEST VIRGINIANS. STOP IT! We are fortunate to have Senators Kessler and Fitzsimmons prepared to STOP IT!

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Hefner

Apr-28-13 11:50 AM

Fortunate to have Kessler? Think again. I do have high hopes for Rocky Fitzsimmons.

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legal6

Apr-28-13 12:19 PM

All purses are derived from bets by customers. For years this paper and it's editor have been on a crusade to kill racing. Some in the "know", know why. It's easy to close these out of state loopholes. Why not an article about how much money leaves the state to the casino owners, like Sims' bosses? The 92 million in purses generates thousands of WV jobs and trickle down economic value. Let's document the billions taken out by the casino owners and an in depth study of their political contributions starting with those quoted in this hit piece.

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dyingov

Apr-28-13 12:47 PM

WV Secretary of State web site has all the required political donation reports available to anyone that wants to do the search. When I comment about the donations getters and givers that is the site I research!

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richardwhee

Apr-28-13 1:05 PM

Look at it this way- We spend money on gambling, and lose most if the time. We spend money on wellfare, food stamps, unemployment etc. Gambling that people will at least try to support theirselves and their kids. But it's a never ending losing battle.

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dyingov

Apr-28-13 1:44 PM

Is unemployment and welfare in the same category? The politicians have you thinking SS/Medicaid/Unemployment are welfare....Sheeple!!!

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dyingov

Apr-28-13 1:44 PM

Medicare. LOL

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legal6

Apr-28-13 2:50 PM

I'm not talking about donations, "on the record."

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Highland

Apr-28-13 3:07 PM

Mo' money for Earl Ray's family, I see. They've made millions from the greyound breeders' fund - at OUR expense.

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legal6

Apr-28-13 3:30 PM

So, it's okay that 90% of the money spent on slots, racing etc comes from out of state customers, but that's wv money? The out of state player comes here, but we don't mention that. So come here for our out of state casino owner to make billions who subsequently buy every lobbyist to influence the legislature, but let's list the income of a horse owner who has trouble paying all of his/her employees and expenses every month. Continued great journalism!

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wonderwhy

Apr-28-13 4:37 PM

Pirate Stadium in the burgh. Read the history and enjoy..........

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MikeEbigg

Apr-28-13 5:03 PM

And 100 percent of the profits of the tracksinos go to out of state parent companies, so what's the real concern? The owners still feel butthurt over the last legislature and are continuing to use the News Register as their personal PR organ to tell the public that every dollar that doesn't go directly toward their bottom line is unAmerican.

If they don't like the rules, they don't have to play the state's game. But as long as the tracksinos are here, it's because they're netting dollar one. Don't believe anything else they tell you.

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MikeEbigg

Apr-28-13 5:39 PM

And I as a WV taxpayer am not paying anything toward this fund. The amount of money in this fund is determined solely by the amount of gambling revenue. It may be considered a tax on gamblers or the tracksino gangsters, but to frame this as regular taxpayers chipping in from our own pockets is a fraudulent claim by the casino companies and this newspaper.

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wonderwhy

Apr-28-13 6:08 PM

PNC Park also opened in 2001 for the Pirates at a cost of $262 million with state taxpayers picking up $75 million, regional taxpayers $137 million and the Pirates $50 million. The Pirates’ share was partially paid by the $30 million PNC Bank gave them for naming rights to the predominantly publicly financed stadium. So the NR is shaming the racing industry for what the owner does.

NOW, with that being said, I would rather watch a professional sports team than go to a gambling parlor, however, taxpayers were on the hook for each of these venues. Wonderwhy they even bring this up?

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DickCiampa

Apr-28-13 6:36 PM

Perhaps Mr. Simms would answer this question for me since he seems so concerned about money leaving WV, Am I to believe you only hired at Wheeling Island and Casino, WV residents?

There were and are no people from Ohio or Penn. employed at Wheeling because if there are wouldn't that make you a hypocrite?

Money leaving the state is money leaving the state.

I know of no business that is close to a border that only employs people from their own state.

Mr. Simms seems like someone that is not telling the whole truth.

he states how much is going paid out, but are we to believe there is nothing coming back in return? Nothing at all?

I would think the people that live in WV pay taxes. I would think the farms that raise the greyhounds have a fair amount of land and pay a fair amount of taxes.

In their tax bracket I believe there is a 6.5% state income tax.

Food and vet bills are paid to WV people. haulers driving to WV buy gas and food.

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Hefner

Apr-28-13 6:51 PM

Mr. Bigg is partially correct, these dollars are coming from the play at the casino's, however, it should be going to the taxpayers in the form of State services or any other of the many things the state needs, but it's not, instead, this piece of pie goes into the black hole of never know land. This is theft, plain and simple.

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