FFM Bulletin March 11, 2010

Tickets selling fast for April 9 event with Mitt Romney and special guest Governor Tim Pawlenty

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota will host former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday, April 9. Governor Romney will speak at a dinner sponsored by FFM and sign copies of his new book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. Special guest Governor Tim Pawlenty will join FFM and Governor Romney for the event and will also deliver remarks. FFM is honored and excited to host two of our nation’s most influential, compelling, and innovative public policy leaders on the same stage.

The event will be held at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. There are a number of different ticket options available for this great event, and we hope to see you all there.

Sign up for the event
 or contact Jonathan Blake with questions at 612-354-2192.


FFM hosts Randal O'Toole as state's transit system continues to railroad taxpayers


CATO Institute scholar and transportation expert Randal O’Toole will be in St. Paul on Thursday, March 25 to discuss his new bookGridlock, as well as our state and nation’s growing transportation problems and misguided priorities.

O’Toole’s message could not be more timely, with the $1 billion Central Corridor light rail line all but inevitable and Northstar Commuter Rail recently launching its operations. (Check out FFM’s
new analysis of Northstar’s first 100 days, which finds that the average taxpayer subsidy of just a single passenger’s roundtrip is a staggering $80.)

If you’re interested in joining us, please 
sign up for the event orcontact Christina with questions at 612-354-2160.


Racino group's claims do not stand up to scrutiny


Racino Now, an advocacy organization led by former Senator Dick Day, recently launched its campaign to change state law to allow slot machines at racetracks. The group’s website and legislative kit tout their racino proposal as a major revenue generator for the state and a boon for the state’s horse industry.

However, analysis by FFM shows that several claims made by Racino Now are misleading and often based on a misinterpretation of economic and statistical data. Among other things, Racino Now dramatically overstates the horse industry’s economic impact in Minnesota and fails to substantiate its claims regarding the racino proposal’s economic benefits to the state’s farm economy

Read 
FFM’s fact check of racino proponents’ claims. 

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