Pennsylvania Equine Coalition

Pa Horse Breeders Respond to Gov. Wolf's Plan to Fund Scholarships by Raiding Trust Fund for Breeder Funds, Purse Money

Following Governor Tom Wolf's visits to Kutztown and East Stroudsburg Universities, local Pennsylvania residents spoke out in opposition to his plan to raid $204 million from a trust fund used for horse breeder incentives and racing purses to pay for his new college scholarship plan. The money in the fund, which is paid for out of casino slot machine revenues and are not taxpayer dollars, serves as the lifeblood of the state's horse breeding and racing industry by funding purses and breeder incentives. Under the Governor's proposal, there would be...

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Gov. Visits Lock Haven; Groups Warn Tuition Plan Would End PA Racing

Governor Tom Wolf's expected to visit Lock Haven University Wednesday to tout his college tuition plan prompted Pennsylvanians to speak out about the negative impact his plan--which would divert money from Pennsylvania agriculture--would have on jobs and the agricultural industry. Supporters of Pennsylvania agriculture argue Wolf's plan for funding the new initiative would result in the end of horse breeding and racing, put more than 20,000 state residents out of work and it would jeopardize hundreds of thousands of acres of open space, thereby eliminating an industry that has a...

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