Earlier in March, senior representative Brandt Iden introduced a new bill in the house which calls for gambling expansion in the State.
However, according to the reports, the new Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer is not in favor of gambling expansion in the State. Those familiar with the matter have also said that the new governor is planning to sabotage the bill that calls for regulating online gambling in the State.
Gov. Whitmer has raised concerns that allowing online casino games in the State would hamper the lottery business in the State as it would cut into the market share of the lottery operators.
According to Brandt Iden, who has sponsored the bill, has contrary views. He says that gambling expansion would help fund social programs in the State. He has also said that the gambling expansion would bring in additional tax revenue, and it would help the State’s economy.
Talking about the possibility of online gambling and casinos eating into lottery operator’s business, Brandt said that the online casino games have already been allowed; however, it has not led to any decrease in the revenue from lottery operations.
Earlier in December the outgoing Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, vetoed House Bill 4926 and its accompanying pieces HB 4927, citing concerns over the financial and social impact of legalization of online gambling on the State’s territory.