Gambling task forces question state funding

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Members of problem-gambling task forces in Kansas say the state is not adequately funding efforts to combat gambling and other addictions.

The task forces work in zones around the three state-owned casinos. Members of those task forces were told Wednesday that each group would receive $10,000 in fiscal 2014, the same amount as last year.

The Wichita Eagle reports  members of the task forces said $10,000 a year is an insignificant amount and a “slap in the face” to volunteers who work with problem gamblers.

The law that created the state-owned casinos in Mulvane, Dodge City and Wyandotte County requires that 2 percent of gambling revenue from the casinos go to the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund.  However, most of the money has been allocated for Medicaid expenditures.

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