Proposed Casino Fee Could Drive Away Cash

Josie Butler, KMOX State Capitor Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX)-  A flat gambling fee on Missouri casinos could decrease state revenue from gaming. The Senate Appropriations Committee discussed the fee in their meeting earlier this week on Nixon’s proposed budget for 2013.

The $1 increase is predicted to generate $50 million in revenue,State Budget Director Linda Luebbering said, which would be used to increase the veterans fund and generate enough money to build a veteran’s home. She said there is a waiting list of 1,700 veterans who want to live in the home.

Some lawmakers said they are worried the admission price increase could force casino-goers across state lines. Sen. Will Kraus, R-Jackson County, said he is skeptical because the increase could affect casinos in the Kansas City area.

“We’re hopeful that these can move in advance of anything else and really make it through,” Luebbering said. “They are reasonable initiatives that we think there’s wide support for. We don’t see any reason why they can’t pass.”

No legislation has been proposed to change this part of Nixon’s proposed budget. The budget isn’t official until it passes a majority vote in the General Assembly.



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  • TellMeMore

    Wow what a poorly written article- Maybe it I did not get the whole article. How about some basics who what where when? Journalisim101? Who is proposing this? An increase, is there already some kind of admission fee being charges? When will this take effect? This is a STL website, it is good to know that no effect is expected on KC casinos- maybe some consideration of effect on STL casinos.

  • Ed Golterman

    Tax revenue is earmarked for education. Keep it that way.

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