On June 28, the Michigan Legislature reached an agreement on the state budget for the 2024 fiscal year, which includes $50.7 million earmarked for the Michigan Gaming Board of Control (MGCB).
As part of the agreement, $3 million in ongoing annual funding is set aside to support continuity MGCBThe “Never Regret Your Bet” responsible gaming messaging campaign, which launched earlier this year and offers advice and information to Michigan citizens.
“A well-funded gaming oversight agency is critical to ensuring fair and honest gaming in Michigan, preventing fraud and illegal activities, and addressing problem gambling,” MGCB said CEO Henry Williams.
Michigan is one of the few states in the country that has online sports betting, online casino gambling, and online poker. There are also commercial casinos in Detroit and tribal casinos located throughout the state.
“I sincerely appreciate the support from Governor Whitmer and the legislature for the budget that will help MGCB Continue to campaign responsible gaming messages, support our state’s growing gaming economy, and allow us to grow our team and make investments in effective systems that help advance our mission and integrity while supporting those we serve.”
Additional funding for MGCB You will receive as part of the fiscal year 2024 budget that includes $2.2 million and 16 “full-time equivalent” positions to support New Game Software.
Furthermore, $2 million in one-time funding has been allocated to establish an accounts receivable system integrated with the agency’s existing internal database and state financial system.
MGCB Board members will also start getting paid. A lump sum of $63,000 was set aside to begin compensation MGCB Board members, who are currently working on a voluntary, unpaid basis, to attend board meetings.
The bipartisan budget agreement was sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office for consideration and signing into law.