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Why must tracks be subsidized by state?

Reaction from Baltimore residents about a new Maryland Stadium Authority study that calls for demolishing Pimlico Race Course and rebuilding it at a cost of $424 million, according to a summary of the study’s findings obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

In reading the article on the Stronach Group asking for money for Laurel Park (“Stronach wants $60 million for tracks,” Feb. 21), what caught my eye was the fact that there is a Racetrack Facility Renewal Account and Maryland casinos pay 1 percent of their proceeds into that account.

With all the problems we have trying to renovate schools in Maryland and provide for a better education for our kids, why are we using casino money to support horse racing? Does the racing industry donate a portion of their profits back to Maryland that could be used for education? I think we need to rearrange our priorities in Maryland. Upgrade schools before racetracks.

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Stas. Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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