The Michigan HBPA website reports…
SERIOUS HIT: Racing Commissioner White today issued lay-off notices to all the Office of the Racing Commissioner Staff effective Friday, June 26, 2009. That means thoroughbred racing will run less than 25 days and it also includes the closing of ALL simulcasting statewide. It is reported, Michigan treasurer indicated without funding for the ORC it will not continue to pay the bills effective June 26, 2009. State law requires all employees are given at 15 days notice for any lay-off.
Someone, please make sense of our governments idea to help with jobs and generate revenue you shut down a revenue producing industry. Our industry produces its own money for funding the ORC. Through May 31, 2009 the industry has produced an excess of 3 MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO PAY ALL THE ORC EXPENSES FOR 2009! Our horsemen have paid for and deserve stability, something non-existent at the present time. If this stays in effect, this industry will disappear to other states at a much faster rate than currently.
One can only conclude our competitors are winning, get us gone. Unfortunately, with our elected officials help! We have been Lansing over and over again, talking to the legislature and Governor, the more we fight for life, the closer we are to death. “Action speaks louder, than words.”
On the line, over 12, 000 jobs and over $400 million in economic impact. Michigan does not have the luxury to eliminate any revenue producer, it should be, how can we help them produce more. I guess, therefore Michigan’s national reputation. How sad.
2008 State Income from pari-mutuel racing:…………………… $8,130,580
2008 Office of Racing Comm. Expenses:… ……………………….3,227,848
2009 State Income from pari-mutuel racing thru 5/31/09:……..3,172,400
Now, someone explain the infinite wisdom being offered by our leaders in Lansing. We have the products for growth, Lansing says no the importance of our jobs and money. It makes no sense, we bring revenue to Lansing and now they are indicating we do not want it. What is up with that? Racing is only one small activity for Lansing, and look at the mess.
THANKS LANSING, It has been a great 75 years!
The Office of Racing Commissioner’s website has not posted anything confirming or denying the layoffs, but if there is any truth to the report, this is armageddon. It’s all over.
Clearly,this is very much a developing story. If I find out anything else, you’ll see it here.