Nebraska Racing Commission Director Fears Revenue Leaving State From Smoke-Free Horseman’s Park

Smokefree Air

Jan 19

A number of directors of state programs came to a hearing Tuesday to ask the Legislature to stay away from their cash when adjusting this year’s state budget.

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The governor would also take $150,000 from the Nebraska Racing Commission’s cash fund, which comes from pari-mutuel wagers on horse races. Executive Director Tom Sage has cut expenses to build up the fund ahead of problems he can see on the horizon, such as a $4 million simulcasting facility being built in Council Bluffs, Iowa, that would allow smoking.

Horsemen’s Park, the simulcasting facility in Omaha, doesn’t allow smoking.

“I feel a lot of our revenue is going to go across the river,” he said.

The racing commission would be glad to do its part, and give the state $15,000 to $20,000 from the fund, he said, but the commission could be harmed with the large amount the governor wants to take.

Excerpt from the Lincoln Journal Star