by Ray Poirier | Now that former casino executive Phil Ruffin has had time to bank the huge profits he made in selling the New Frontier Hotel/Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, he has time to address the problems faced by his dog track in Kansas.
Under the new gaming law in Kansas, pari-mutuel facilities, such as his Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac, slot machine revenue will be taxed at 40%, a level the track owners feel is excessive.
Tracks such as Camptown and Woodlands in Kansas City were forced to close when revenues declined. But, the installation of slot machines could revive interest in these facilities, owners had said.
Ruffin has decided to take his case to the legislature, requesting that the lawmakers reduce the state’s share to 30%. Without the reduction, Ruffin said, the tracks won’t re-open.