1. Why RACE for Kansas?
This legislation is about more than just four (4) pari-mutuel tracks in Kansas: The Woodlands, Wichita Greyhound Park, Camptown, and Eureka Downs. It is about bringing back two of Kansas’ historic entertainment and agricultural segments – horse racing and greyhound racing. This legislation is a win for rural Kansas, for agriculture in Kansas, for communities in Kansas and for economic development in Kansas. It provides enjoyable destinations for Kansans and visitors from across the U.S. and from around the world. Once passed, this legislation will provide the opportunity for high-quality jobs and an expansion of agricultural production in Kansas. All of this leads to greater economic development across Kansas and, therefore, it would provide a larger tax base to help fund Kansas education, infrastructure and various state- funded programs.
2. Who is the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance?
The Alliance is comprised of farmers, ranchers, Kansas businesses and trade associations who believe in Kansas agriculture, Kansas communities and in ensuring Kansans have the opportunity to excel in a free market economy. The Alliance has come together to support pari-mutuel racetracks in Kansas – together, the Alliance is in a RACE for Kansas. To win for Rural Kansas, Agriculture in Kansas, Communities in Kansas and for Economic development in Kansas.
3. Why is racing good for Kansas?
Racing is good for all of Kansas – both rural and urban communities. It is good for Kansas agriculture, for Kansas’ ability to better fund education, for Kansas infrastructure, and many other services. In addition, racing attracts tourism dollars to Kansas from across the U.S. and around the world. Overall, Kansas can expect a significant amount of economic impact. This impact is realized not only by the 4,475 jobs the racing industry and tracks will create but also by farmers, ranchers and breeders raising horses and greyhounds – as well as the feed and bedding needed to support those animals, allied industry such as veterinarians, hotels and restaurants, equipment dealers and more than 100 different business segments touched by Kansas race tracks.