The American Legion, Allied Charities & Protect Our Charities
Tim Engstrom, Director of Communications
The American Legion Department of Minnesota
News conference scheduled for Monday: E-tabs are essential to Minnesota
WHAT: Allied Charities of Minnesota, The American Legion Department of Minnesota and Protect Our Charities
WHEN: Noon, Monday, March 6
WHERE: Media Press Room, Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., St. Paul
WHO: Comments from American Legion and Allied Charities officials, firefighters, children, local nonprofits and various recipients of charitable donations
Sen. Nick Frentz of North Mankato, at an American Legion regional conference in Rochester on Feb. 18, said scaling back e-tabs is being discussed at the Capitol, and he said he hopes e-tabs are not changed. He called on organizations to let lawmakers know not to scale back e-tabs. We are responding to his call for action.
On behalf of our American Legion posts, The American Legion Department of Minnesota is working in conjunction with Allied Charities of Minnesota to let legislators know e-tabs are crucial for the many small charitable gambling operations all across the state in their missions to help their communities. From offsetting the effects of poverty to aiding youth programs and from purchasing life-saving firefighting equipment to solving veteran homelessness, e-tabs have helped overcome rising costs across the board. Minnesota loses if e-tabs are scaled back.
When this was proposed in 2021, a state fiscal note said:
- E-pulltabs generate $60 million a year.
- Local charities would lose $33 million.
- Jobs would be lost, with $35 million in lost wages.
- Restaurants and bars would lose $30 million.
We invite all media members to the news conference.
This event will be livestreamed on our Facebook page.