Putting casinos at horse-racing tracks draws opposition for several reasons, mostly because many Democrats do not want to hurt American Indian casinos and many Republicans oppose gambling on moral grounds.
Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, added a new reason during a â€œracinoâ€ debate, saying the state should not subsidize the horse industry. Many of those who support a racino say a primary reason for the idea is to help the horse industry by allowing tracks to pay larger purses.
“A lot of us complained about the federal government helping General Motors, and helping other entities and bailing things out,â€ Howes said. â€œI don’t think it’s our job to bail out any industry.â€