HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration says it won’t follow through on a threat to shut down horse and harness racing in Pennsylvania after three weeks of negotiations have produced an agreement that could see a Senate committee vote next week.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding gave no details in a Friday night statement about the plan.
Redding had threatened to shut down racing last month, saying the state was out of money to continue financing regulatory functions over the industry.
Redding has said that the state secured concessions from horsemen, breeder organizations and race track operators to fix the long-term deficit in the State Racing Fund.
He says the forthcoming legislation provides a financial fix to maintain the integrity of the industry and to modernize it for the first time in decades.
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