Michigan Gaming Control Board Gets $50.7M Budget For New Fiscal Year

Michigan Gaming Control Board Gets $50.7M Budget For New Fiscal Year
By Jim Tomlin
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The Michigan Gaming Control Board, which oversees gambling in the state, including Michigan online casino apps and sports betting operations, received $50.7 million for its 2024 Fiscal Year budget from the state legislature.

Of that, $3 million is earmarked for the MGCB’s “Don’t Regret the Bet” campaign, which is geared toward responsible gaming messaging.

“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,” Henry Williams, the executive director of the MGCB, said in a released issued by the Board. “I sincerely appreciate the support from Governor (Gretchen) 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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Items Included in MGCB Budget

The MGCB licenses and regulates Michigan sports betting and iGaming as well as the three brick-and-mortar Detroit commercial casinos.

Among the items on the 2024 FY budget, as outlined in the MGCB release:

New gaming programs get $2.2 million and 16 full-time equivalent staff positions;

A one-time fund that will create an accounts receivable system, working with an existing database and the state financial system, gets $2 million;

Compensation to board members, totaling $63,000, for going to meetings (board members now serve on a volunteer basis).

Gov. Whitmer must sign into law the budget items, which take effect Oct. 1.

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In 30 years as a journalist, Jim Tomlin has worked for publications such as the Tampa Bay Times, Saturday Tradition, Saturday Down South and FanRag. He lends his expertise in gambling, sports and the intersection of those two industries to GreatLakesStakes.com, among other websites.

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