Virginia Equine Alliance Asking for Support re: HB4

In a recent email, the VEA asked the industry to contact General Assembly members.

An example of such a letter follows:

I (fill in your name) am writing today to ask you to support Virginia’s equine industry and vote Yes on HB4.

Debbie Easter, President of the Virginia Equine Alliance, had it right in a recent op-ed that ran in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, when she said:

“When it comes to the potential opening of resort-style casinos, the General Assembly must keep in mind the recent progress we’ve made in restoring Virginia’s historic racing heritage and the impact it’s had revitalizing agribusiness and preserving green space throughout Virginia”

The equine industry has seen a major revitalization in the last two years. Since the passage of HB 1609 in 2017, new jobs have been created. Barns are full. Green space throughout Virginia is being preserved due to the boon in agribusiness.

A recent study conducted by the nonpartisan, state-funded Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) found that while resort-style casinos would have a “positive, but modest economic impact on local economies,” it would have a potentially catastrophic effect on the state’s racing industry and everything tied to it. Revenue from Historic Horse Racing would decrease by 45%. This would result in a nearly $10 million annual decrease in funds to support racing.

Please make sure that HB 4 protects the Virginia equine industry by maintaining the current clause that permits the addition of new historical horse racing machines upon the passage of a casino referendum. If you have any questions, contact Debbie Easter at debbie.easter@easterassociates.com.

Feel free to customize and edit this letter to include your own thoughts.

To take IMMEDIATE action with your Delegate CLICK HERE.

To take IMMEDIATE action with your Senator CLICK HERE.

NOT SURE (Who’s my legislator?) – CLICK HERE.

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