Pulltabs: “We’re stuck” says lawmaker

The House Commerce committee is hearing an update on the January results from the electronic pulltab rollout. Minnesotans bet about $1.7 million dollars, a record. But its far short of the $100 million a month that the state was hoping for.

Minnesota Gambling Control Board executive director Tom Barrett gives lawmakers the news: there’s about 140 locations in the state with electronic pull tabs, still a small fraction of the 2,500 the state had hoped for.

Committee chair Joe Atikins, a DFLer from South St. Paul wonders if the state department of revenue will need yet another revision of the estimated proceeds from the pulltabs.

“We’re stuck,” DFL Rep. Tom Anzelc just told his colleagues in the House basement hearing room. “We need to get unstuck.” He suggested that there needs to be some change, perhaps to the regulatory system.

 

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Update finished, moving on to the rest of the committee agenda.

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“i think Its time to start thinking about what else might be out there in terms of a change,” Atkins tells Minnesota Gambling Control Board executive director Tom Barrett.

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DFL state Rep. Joe Atkins adds: “I am deeply concerned about where the revenues are at. We’re only at about a third of the revenue per site we were projected to be at.”