Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester and Delaware), Chairman of the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee released the following statement regarding the governor’s proposal to divert monies from the PA Horse Racing Development Trust Fund:
“The horse racing industry, which includes breeders, stables, veterinarians, provides thousands of good, family-sustaining jobs and pumps almost $70 million into state tax coffers every year. Diverting $204 million from the Horse Racing Development Fund, no matter the purpose, effective kills this sector of our economy.
“Agriculture and tourism are the two biggest industries in Pennsylvania. Horse racing is at the nexus of the two. I represent the Penn Vet New Bolton Center, Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack, and it’s counterproductive to target this important segment of our state’s economy, and I will oppose the inclusion of this proposal in the upcoming budget.”