In PA, Poor People Can’t Get Health Care, but Rich People Get $250,000,000 Horse Subsidy

In Pennsylvania, 500,000 people who qualify for the Medicaid expansion won’t have health care, but hey! a select group of rich white people will get a 250,000,000 dollar horse subsidy.

Some 11% of revenues generated from slot machine gambling in Pennsylvania was earmarked for the racing industry and agricultural initiatives in 2013.

As a result, more than $252 million in slot machine tax revenue was generated for the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund.

Of this sum, some $209 million was used by both the thoroughbred and harness racing industries to enhance purses, assist breeding operations, and provide health and pension benefits for horsemen, according to the seventh annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

h/t Keystone Politics.

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