The Michigan Legislature struck a bipartisan deal Wednesday to allocate $50.7 million in annual funds to the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The budget agreement, which would take effect Oct. 1 (the start of Michigan’s 2024 fiscal year), is now headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk for approval, which she’s expected to grant.
Highlighting the MGCB’s handsome haul is a $3 million earmark for the continuation of its “Don’t Regret the Bet” responsible gambling campaign, which launched nearly four months ago as March Madness was about to tip off. The campaign includes radio and TV PSAs, as well as digital billboards, point-of-sale video ads at gas stations, and a website providing tips to help Michiganders keep their gambling under control.
More FTEs, board compensation
The state also approved $2.2 million to fund 16 full-time staff positions to support new gaming programs, as well as $63,000 to begin compensating MGCB board members, who are currently unpaid volunteers.
“A well-funded gaming control agency is crucial for ensuring fair and honest gaming in the State of Michigan, preventing fraud and illegal activities, and addressing problem gambling,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said in a press release. “I sincerely appreciate the support from Governor Whitmer and the Legislature of a budget that will help the MGCB continue its responsible gaming messaging campaign, support our state’s growing gaming economy, and allow us to grow our team and make investments into efficient systems that help strengthen our mission and integrity while supporting those we serve.”
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