This is your fault Governor Snyder. Your Michigan Gaming Control Board is OUT OF CONTROL!

The MGCB contacted and called an emergency meeting for the MIHBPA today Thursday April 14, 2011 in Lansing.

Then they Cancelled it.

MGCB MEETING CANCELLED!!!!  for Thur. 12/14… No reason given, but will be scheduled for another time.

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The Michigan Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association has been forced to wait every moment of 2011 thus far as what is going to be or not be issued to Pinnacle Race Courses Owner Jerry Campbell for the 2011 Thoroughbred Racing season.

Countless calls to them by the MIHBPA have resulted in no details at all being given out as if everything is a secret.

This is there Website.

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

Serving Michigan citizens by licensing and regulating commercial casinos in Detroit, their suppliers and employees, regulating pari-mutuel horse racing, and overseeing Native American casinos in Michigan.

In November 1996, Michigan voters approved Proposal E, effectively authorizing three licensed casinos to be built in Detroit. Proposal E was later substantially improved and strengthened, then signed into law as the Michigan Gaming Control & Revenue Act.

In January 2010, the governor issued Executive Order 45 authorizing all of the authority, powers, duties, and functions of the Office of Racing Commissioner to the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Native American tribes are sovereign nations. As such, the State of Michigan does not have general regulatory authority over Indian casinos, although the State does have oversight authority over compliance with the State-Tribal Compact provisions. They are regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission and the government of the appropriate tribal community.

Yes there is a Horse Racing tab on left of page. When clicked onto it this is what it says.

HORSE RACING

Come and visit one of Michigan’s five pari-mutuel horse racing tracks.

Michigan is host to one mixed breed track, three harness racing tracks and one thoroughhbred ( THEY CAN’T EVEN SPELL, it is THOROUGHBRED ) track, bringing the state a wide spectrum of horse racing excitement.

Such promotion and informative details.

Well it certainly doesn’t say: Serving Michigan citizens by licensing and regulating Race Tracks located in their respectful cities with the capitalization of those cities like Detroit is highlighted with Casinos. And adding the Race Track suppliers and employees.

On another tab. Michigan Horse Racing

Horse Racing (formerly called the Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC)) was integrated into the Michigan Gaming Control Board on January 17, 2010 as part of Governor Granholm’s Executive Order 2009-45.

The Executive Order moved all authority, powers, duties, functions, records, personnel, property, unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, or other funds to the Michigan Gaming Control Board and “abolished” the Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC).

Horse Racing was originally established by the Racing Act of 1933 to authorize and regulate pari-mutuel horse racing in Michigan. Currently, Horse Racing functions under the Horse Racing Law of 1995, as amended.

Horse Racing objectives are achieved through the regulatory activities of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB).

These objectives include:

Issuing track, race meeting, occupational licenses, and simulcasting permits
Allocating racing dates and simulcasting schedules
Collecting racing license and tax revenues
Appointing stewards and veterinarians to represent the state
Hearing appeals from decisions of stewards and on other matters
Approving track appointed officials
Monitoring the daily conduct of live and simulcast racing
Conducting equine and human drug testing programs
Investigating any irregularities in racing which may lead to formal hearings, administrative
disciplinary actions and/or criminal prosecution
Developing ways to improve and promote pari-mutuel horse racing in Michigan.

Now let us discuss the very last objective.

Developing ways to improve and promote pari-mutuel horse racing in Michigan.

And what may I ask has the MGCB done to promote Horse Racing in Michigan?

Can they name ONE thing they’ve done? Just one?

The will not even inform the HBPA on what the details are on the conditions that Pinnacle’s Owner must comply with. The MGCB alloted the Thoroughbreds 84 days for 2011. But they also did this in 2010. And we know what they did to us last year. They cut us from 84 days to 39 days to 8 days to just 3. State Budget Cuts they Stated.

It was the Thoroughbred Horsemen that had to buy back 44 of those racing days with their own purses. Yet Liz Boyd was telling the Detroit Media that the State of Mi. subsidizes Horse racing. You could have fooled these Horsemen & Women. Mi. collects 3.5 % in simulcasting tax that last year equaled to almost $7 Million Dollars. Since the Horsemen could not touch one dime of this money that Horse Racing generated I do not know how anybody in Mi. Gov. could lie straight through their teeth that they subsidize us.

MGCB BOARD MEETINGS SCHEDULE

Schedule of Meetings
Meetings are subject to change.  Dates are highlighted in blue. 

MGCB Board Meeting Schedule 2011

 

As you can see for the month of April the MGCB didn’t schedule any regular meeting at all. Let alone emergency one or cancelled emergency one.

 

Oh there is still an Emergency alright, but in the fine fashion of the MGCB they have chosen to throw the HBPA and the Thoroughbred Horsemen & Women to the side as unregarded unimportance.
 

As you can see Horse Racing gained one mention on Page 2, second paragraph.

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Mr. Kalm reported that since the last Board meeting, five people have resigned their positions with the Board and three new employees have been hired, leaving 18 authorized positions to fill. On October 1, 2010, the Board’s allowed FTEs went from 114 to 115.

In regard to the Board’s budget, Mr. Kalm reported that as of January 31, 2011, total expenditures were $5,871,263, which left an unexpended balance of $19,830,837 in appropriated funding for fiscal year 2011. This included the Horse Racing Budget which was transferred to Gaming and funds for anticipated expenditures to the Attorney General’s Office and the Michigan State Police.

So what does this mean?

Unexpended Balance Definition

Unspent portion of a budgeted amount available for the authorized future expenses.

Actual payment of cash or cash-equivalent for goods or services, or a charge against available funds in settlement of an obligation as evidenced by an invoice, receipt, voucher, or other such document. A revenue expenditure is cash used in payment for goods and services consumed in a short period. A capital expenditure is cash used in purchase of fixed assets that last one year or more.

Expenditure Definition

Actual payment of cash or cash-equivalent for goods or services, or a charge against available funds in settlement of an obligation as evidenced by an invoice, receipt, voucher, or other such document. A revenue expenditure is cash used in payment for goods and services consumed in a short period. A capital expenditure is cash used in purchase of fixed assets that last one year or more.

Again once more? $19,830,837 in appropriated funding for fiscal year 2011. This included the Horse Racing Budget which was transferred to Gaming and funds for anticipated expenditures to the Attorney General’s Office and the Michigan State Police.

I don’t know what does sound like to all of you? It sounds to me that included in this almost $20 Million dollars is our Horse Racing budget. But it was transferred to the MGCB and Funds for anticipated future payments to the Att. General and the State Police.

I have a better Idea, leave our Horse Racing Budget included in this $20 Million alone and send the Casino portion for anticipated future payments to the Att. General and the State Police.

I mean what the hell does all this define? I’m no lawyer and can’t make heads or tails of this particular part. Somebody Enlighten me. I’m not embarrassed if for lack of knowledge. I only know what it all sounds like. If I’m wrong, explain it to me.

The rest of this entire meeting was about CASINOS ( Tribunal & Detroit ) and some kook that wants all his money back from a Casino that he lost it at. ( don’t we all )

Reality of it is you can see that Horse Racing isn’t even discussed by this MGCB. The HBPA have been sitting and in  my opinion have had beyond way too much patience with this board. They want to know if they are RACING THIS YEAR.

To the Governor of this State, Rick Snyder and all of the legislators here. WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON?

Doesn’t this Industry that already employees over 12,000+ deserve the time of day in your opinion? Does this Industry of Horse Racing who once stood alone in generating the revenue to Mi. prior to the Lottery in 1972 and Casinos in 1988 ( Tribunal ) then 3 Commercial ones in Detroit in 1996, not matter anymore? And WHY NOT.

We deserve an answer. We deserve a Voice. We deserve to be acknowledged. We worked 7 days a week for 78 years now for that privilege. We have EARNED that right and we Deserve the Respect of not being disregarded and ignored like this Industry has gotten for the last 3 years. We have done our part that started in this state in 1933.

How in the hell can a Governor and other Politicians in this State rant on bringing in NEW JOBS when they refuse an Industry that has 12,000+ JOBS that are already connected to Horse Racing and won’t give them the time of day?

All of you are LIARS. You sit around and only pay attention to people who will pack the most money into your pockets. You’re not kidding anybody here. Call an Emergency meeting then abruptly call it off only to continue to defecate on 12,00 people in an Industry that has helped you for 78 years.

All of you should be ashamed of yourselves. You are worthless and undeserving of any respect.

Rep. Cindy Denby held a Equine Caucus Tuesday. I’m wondering how many of our elected Reps attended. I wonder if mine that I contacted attended? Rep. Kurt Heise.

As far as I’m concerned Richard Kalm Director of the MGCB deserves to be FIRED. He has done nothing but talk about how important with the word he used in a Det. Free Press article as in exclusivity the three Casinos are for Detroit. He could care less about HORSE RACING, much less the Developing ways to improve and promote pari-mutuel horse racing in Michigan.

He’s a bold-faced Liar as well who had the audacity to fire a state regulator that dared to question the MGCB decision to approve Ted Gatzaros in 2007 when clearly the 2000 board then headed by Thomas Denomme denied him given a state-mandated investigation that uncovered problems his  background.

Time for this new Governor to investigate Richard Kalm. You made an inaugural speech declaring that NO ONE BE LEFT BEHIND. Well Governor time to step up to the plate on this one. With the games your MGCB is playing with the HBPA, it’s evident that this entire Thoroughbred Industry has already been exactly that. Completely and willingly been left behind.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. It is up to this HBPA board who was also elected by its members to look out for their best interests. All of the Horsemen. Not just the ones with large stables but those that may only owned a couple of horses. It will be no benefit for those Horsemen & Women to have a ridiculous 30, 40 or 50 day meet or run on a short racing surface that will leave their horses not only broke down but worst dead. Maryland Horsemen nor the NEHBPA would stand for any of this. They stood up, United in total Solidarity and fought back.

The Harness Horsemen & Women could have made a choice to fight with us, but instead they chose their long with standing history of being our road blocks. And since the State of Michigan obviously feels that we are all expendable they certainly don’t need our 3.5 simulcast tax that brings them in revenue. I don’t think there is any doubt what should be done since it is only the Thoroughbreds that are being dumped on by not only the State, but the Harness Track Owners themselves who only exist because of our Thoroughbred Inter-State Simulcasting signal WE ALLOW THEM.

It is time to PULL THAT SIGNAL. And let this State watch our American Dollars go to Windsor which will be the closest Race Track for the Horse Players to go when the Harness tracks close their doors because 90% of their business is people betting on the Thoroughbreds. Without us, they have don’t have any business and they know it.

You see Governor, gamblers are a significant breed within themselves. There are those that like to go to Casinos who have never been to a Race Track in their lives, BUT. In the same respect there are people who only care about wagering on Horse Races that have never had an interest in casinos and never will. Horse Players will go where the product they want is at. And if it isn’t here, it will be the closest destination. And for the Metro/Detroit or for that fact in the more outlined areas that destination will be Windsor, Ont. across the border to Canada.

You want us dead, we will be dead. But we will ALL be dead. Let Canada reap the benefits once and for all. Enough of this devastating playing that you’ve chosen to do with the Thoroughbred Industry. Horse Players are not going to turn into Casino players. They will continue to do what they have always done. Play the Ponies.

And it is time for the HBPA to stop placing empty words on a website that nobody cares to even read. It is time they stood up, united and no matter what the outcome is FIGHT BACK.

Pull the Thoroughbred Signal that we allow others to reap off of the backs of the Thoroughbred Horsemen and Women in this State. And if you don’t have the guts to stand up for yourselves, then your death will be caused by you and you alone. But I’ll be damned if I go down without swinging back. Either you have Pride or you Don’t. But I’d cause this State a financial hit that they don’t think we’re worth. You’re going to have to look into your mirror yourselves to determine whether you think you’re indeed worthy or not. And that is just the way it is.

As the saying goes shit or get off the pot. The decision has already been made by this Gaming Control Board and the State who hired and appointed them. What is the HBPA’s and the Horsemen & Women that elected you Decision? Because this is what it comes down to.

Do Not Die Without Fighting Back. This is long OVERDUE and it should of been done long ago.

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