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Cheers and jeers

September 15, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To a recent campaign. Timing is everything, and it appears the New York Gaming Association is taking full advantage of the start of a new school year. With a recent press release titled "New York's Racetrack Casinos: A Reliable Partner for Education," the association launched a new statewide TV campaign to remind taxpayers that New York's racetrack casinos are reliable partners for education. The group says the nine racetracks that make up the association have contributed $3.4 billion to education since 2004 - including more than $550 million so far in 2012, according to the New York Division of the Lottery's website. The group says it's enough to fund the annual salaries of approximately 12,255 teachers. The bottom line is the association wants the public to buy into thinking approving more "racinos" will further support education. What do you think the odds are of that happening?



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