So, why exactly is that great news for PA residents?
But the horse racing industry by itself produces strong economic benefits. According to the report, "Individuals and businesses are continuing to participate in live racing in Pennsylvania. More than 18,000 horses raced in Pennsylvania in 2016 making more than 83,000 starts throughout the year. This enhances the agricultural economy as horsemen do business within the Commonwealth by purchasing goods and services to support their operation. Horse owners also maintain a staff and hire individuals such as trainers, grooms, veterinarians, blacksmiths, farm hands, exercise walkers, hot walkers, and drivers who all work in Pennsylvania."
In short, PA horse racing attracts investment that results in more money and more jobs. And because slot machine gaming increases on race days, more money becomes available for tax relief and local community projects. And that's good news for everyone.