Michigan Gaming Control Board Gets $7 Million In Additional Funding

Legalized mobile sports betting and casino gaming has been a boon to … the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), as the state’s legislature has reached a deal to give the board an additional $7 million in funding for the 2023 budget year.

The deal awaits the expected signature of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, according to a press release from the MGCB.

“I would like to thank Governor Whitmer and the legislature for their leadership and a budget deal that recognizes the crucial role the MGCB plays in ensuring fair and honest gaming in the State of Michigan,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said in the release. “Our 2023 budget emphasizes investments to help strengthen our mission and integrity, support local charities, and educate Michigan citizens on ways to enjoy gaming responsibly.”

The money will be used to help support a responsible gaming messaging campaign, as well as directing citizens to services available for problem gambling. The MGCB will use the rest of the money to extend outreach to community organizations. 

Additionally, funding was approved for new MGCB positions and IT support/infrastructure to assist with the higher-than-the-legislature-expected internet gaming and sports betting activity. 

The funding will increase network storage capacity and network speeds in MGCB casino offices to support operations.

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Author: Bradley King