Indiana’s two race tracks in Shelbyville and Anderson want tax breaks of nearly $75 million over the next four years according to a recent report. These two race tracks paid $250 million each for the right to have 2,000 slot machines at each race track. This creates in essence two new land based casinos in Indiana. Now both race tracks are asking the General Assembly for tax breaks because they evidently are not making as much money as they thought they would.
The House of Representatives agreed to help the two racinos (race tracks with slot machines) and passed House Bill 1729 by a vote of 58-39. [Click Here] to see how your Representative voted. HB 1729 would give the two racinos a 5% reduction in the amount they pay in wagering taxes through 2013. This would result in a tax break of approximately $74.8 million for both racinos.
Help for Other Struggling
Before the final passage of House Bill 1729 Representative Eric Turner offered an amendment to HB 1729 to extend a tax break to other struggling businesses. His amendment was defeated by a vote of 39-56. [Click Here] to see the vote on the amendment. A yes vote is in favor of helping other Indiana businesses that are hurting in this difficult economy.
What Can You Do?
Advance America does not support an expansion of legalized gambling in Indiana. That’s why we are helping lead the opposition to a casino in Fort Wayne or Indianapolis. We also do not support giving a tax break to the two racinos.Call or email your State Senator and ask them to “Vote NO on House Bill 1729.”[Click Here] to find out who your State Senator is.State Senate
800-382-9467 or 317-232-9400
Working together we can help Indiana be an even
better place to live, work and raise a family!
House of Representatives 800-382-9842 & 317-232-9600
State Senate: 800-382-9467 & 317-232-9400
Governor: 317-232-4567 – Lt. Governor: 317-232-4545
You can find out who your legislators are and get their email address by
going to www.AdvanceAmerica.com or by calling us at (800)448-VOTE (8683).