The Duluth City Council is scheduled to take up a resolution Monday evening seeking state permission to open a city-run casino. The move would require a change to the Minnesota Constitution.
Since the Fond du Lac Ojibwe band stopped sharing casino revenue with the city, Duluth has been trying to figure out how to fill that budget hole and fix its deteriorating streets.
“There is no silver bullet, no one’s going to come in and fix our roads for us, and yet you have to find the balance between the need to invest in this infrastructure, and our community’s ability to pay for that,” Duluth Mayor Don Ness said earlier this year. Duluth has considered raising property taxes or adding a new monthly fee to utility bills. Now, the City Council is looking at opening a city-run casino, which is currently not allowed.
Today’s Question: Should the state allow city-run casinos?