Council Bluffs Dog Racing To End By 2016

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Friday that will end greyhound dog racing at Bluffs Run in Council Bluffs by 2016.

The measure will allow dog owners to continue operating a track in Dubuque. It requires casinos that have long-subsidized the dog racing tracks to pay $72 million. That will pay for a retirement fund for dog owners and breeders and help the Iowa Greyhound Association negotiate a lease for the Dubuque track.

Gov. Branstad also vetoed tens of millions of dollars in state spending that legislators had approved with some of the biggest cuts targeting environmental protection and recreation projects.

Branstad trimmed state money for the Resource Enhancement and Protection fund, which helps pay for trails, parks and other outdoor recreation, to $16 million. The Legislature had approved $25 million.

He also cut $18.6 million for construction at Iowa State University's agricultural and biosystems engineering complex, $14 million for routine maintenance or major repairs of state buildings and $8 million for renovation of the University of Iowa's dental science building. He also cut another $10 million for projects ranging from university buildings to radon testing at schools.


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