I'm one who normally stays out of politics, but when it comes to horse racing at Canterbury I get excited.
In 2011 the state of Minnesota had a government shutdown. This caused Canterbury Park to close for three weeks even though the racing industry pays 100 percent of the racing commission expenses.
Racing stopped, the card casino closed, many employees were furloughed, and other Shakopee businesses lost crucial revenue that is created by Canterbury Park visitors.
Thanks to Rep. Brad Tabke and Sen. Eric Pratt, that will not happen again. They worked together to pass a bill this session that will allow Canterbury Park to remain open for business and regulated by the Minnesota Racing Commission in the event of a future state government shutdown.
I am a horse racing fan and a fan of what Canterbury means for our community. It is a great asset to Shakopee, providing enjoyment for many of us year-round and employing many citizens. Tabke and Pratt showed leadership and cooperation for the betterment of our city.