- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration says it’s delaying by a week any decision to suspend horse and harness racing in Pennsylvania.

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said in a Friday statement that he’s had productive conversations with representatives of Pennsylvania’s racing industry about solving a long-term deficit in the State Racing Fund.

Redding warned a week ago that the state would shut down racing because the fund was out of money and the budget stalemate with the Legislature was preventing the state from transferring money to it.

Six Pennsylvania tracks offer Thoroughbred or harness racing. The fund pays for various state regularly functions over the industry and is funded by a tax on wagers, which have steadily declined for years.

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