Grey2K, a Massachusetts group that wants to end dog racing, issued a report this week that shows the state provided $41 million to the state's dog breeders over the last five years.
In actuality, the money is a cut of the slot machine action as part of the deal that allowed the racetracks to add slot machines more than 20 years ago.
Thus it is not the same as appropriating state money.
Still, the state is requiring casinos to subsidize dog racing, a sport that increasingly is losing its small customer base.
"These tracks have essentially become casinos that happen to have dogs running around in circles with no one betting on the dogs," Grey2K Executive Director Carey Thiel said.
That's the reality. The casinos, not the state, should be the ones deciding if they want to keep dog racing.
WEST Virginians have made the exodus to North Carolina for jobs for decades now, but the 2008 recession ended that.
Seeking to rebound that state's economy, state Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, and his fellow Republicans are eying elimination of the state's income tax. The state with the nation's healthiest economy, Texas, is one of nine states that do not tax a worker's wages.
"We want to get away from that and go to a more flat consumption-based tax on sales taxes, both goods and services, and in return, we'll say, 'We'll go to zero with the income tax'," Rucho told the Washington Post.
"And that's something we think we can achieve. It just takes time to get there."
Rucho has a point. If as politicians say taxing cigarettes discourages smoking, then it stands to reason that taxing income discourages working.
West Virginia lawmakers should consider the same.