Governor Tom Vilsack’s urging legislators to rethink their position on agambling debate this year. Republican legislative leaders this week saidthe issue’s off their radar screen now because the U-S Supreme Court’sdecision to wade into the fight over how much taxes the state’s race tracksshould pay. Vilsack says that’s the wrong move. Vilsack says he “understands and respects” the comments legislators madebecause gaming debates can be very difficult, but he says it’s important tounderstand there’s risk for everybody now. Vilsack says there’s risk for the gaming industry because there’s a chancethe U-S Supreme Court will uphold the state’s tax system which requiressignificantly higher taxes from the race tracks than from the riverboats.And Vilsack says there’s a risk to the state that the Court may decide thestate is unfairly taxing the race tracks and owes the tracks back-taxes.Vilsack says when there’s that kind of risk on both sides, it makes sense totry to strike a compromise.Vilsack made his comments during taping of an Iowa Public Television programthat airs tonight at 6:30 p.m.
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