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Track Owners Push For Slots, After Racing Banned

The future for a thousand employees at the state's two greyhound racing tracks remains uncertain, after voters approved the referendum banning dog racing in Massachusetts.

WBUR's Steve Brown has more.

BROWN: Even before voters spoke there had been talk of allowing slot machines or video gaming at the state's race tracks, although the proposal has had a cool reception on Beacon Hill. Now, with the dog racing ban set to go into effect at the end of next year, some say slots could help save some of the lost jobs. Track owner George Carney says slots at Raynham would generate a million dollars a week.

CARNEY: And with the Commonwealth in desperate need of money, who knows, times change, and maybe he'll look at it with a different light. But so far, it's been a no-go with this present speaker.

The Raynham track is not far from Middleborough, where the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is attempting to build a casino.

This program aired on November 6, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR's State House reporter.


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