Michigan House Republicans and the administration of Governor Gretchen Whitmer are in a stalemate over bills that would allow online casino gambling in the state, according to an article published by Gongwer on Thursday.
The House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo), and members of the Whitmer administration met Wednesday with stakeholders on the issue, House Republican spokesperson Gideon D’Assandro said. But governor’s staff broke off the meeting after a few hours.
Whitmer told reporters on Thursday that she hasn’t been a part of the meetings and reiterated her concern that allowing online casino gambling would mean fewer people playing online Lottery games and result in less funding for K-12 schools, which draw most lottery proceeds.
The Department of Treasury has said while $700 of a $1,000 net win from an iLottery game would go to the School Aid Fund, only $4 would go to the School Aid Fund for a $1,000 online casino gambling win.
D’Assandro said other states have not seen Lottery gaming suffer as a result of allowing online casino gambling. New Jersey recently moved to a similar model as Iden’s proposed legislation and saw strong growth in both sets of games, he said.
The House Ways and Means Committee was scheduled to meet on the bills Thursday, but canceled. The online gambling bill is HB 4311.