Lawmakers may study declining gambling revenue

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers this summer could consider how to address declining revenue from the state’s riverboat casinos.

Indiana Gaming Commission figures show the money the state collects from casino taxes has dropped from a peak of nearly $876 million in 2009 to about 752 million in fiscal 2013. Increased competition from new casinos in neighboring states is a big factor in the drop.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long tells the Evansville Courier & Press that he supports assigning the issue to a summer study committee when they are set up later this month.

Long says the committee would explore the declining revenue from riverboats. Riverboat revenue is down 7 percent, or $20 million, from projections for the fiscal year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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