State role in greyhound racing no longer justified

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Declining interest in greyhound racing has put the industry’s future in West Virginia in doubt – at least in the eyes of a consulting firm commissioned to study the issue.

Based on the findings of the consultant’s report, it may be time to end the state’s role in supporting the industry.

The $67,000 study by the Spectrum Gaming Group of New Jersey – commissioned by lawmakers last year – found that the economic impact of greyhound racing is about $30 million a year while state subsidies to the industry is nearly the same, at about $29 million.

The consultants deem that narrow margin hardly worth the while, particularly considering that a sizable chunk of the racing purses subsidized heavily by the state go to out-of-state interests…

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