Lisa Boscola Defends Millions in Horse Racing Pork

Hoisted from the Twitters:

Charlie Tocci@vikes77 Sen. Boscola says she is alrmed that state budget would transfer $72 million away from Race Horse Dev Fund. Says cuts would hamper economy.

I am alarmed that anyone would want to spend more than $0 (let alone $200 million) on subsidizing horse racing at a time when education and core public services are being slashed. Imagine how much more of an impact that $200 million would make if applied to SEPTA or Pittsburgh transit.


  1. How about that money goes to education, like reinstating 6th grade social studies in the Allentown School District?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good article a few weeks back in the NY Times about horse racing industry’s brutality to jockeys and horses.
    Crazy to plant taxpayer money in an outdated sport. Why not also fund prize boxing? Do the tracks really provide that much employment? Or do we need to pay off the race tracks now that the casinos have left them in the dust on the last quarter-mile?

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