HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 23AGA Releases 2020 State of the States Report: Michigan Gaming Industry Accounts for Over 37,000 Jobs
Yesterday, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) issued its annual State of the States Report.  On its website, the AGA provides a detailed state by state analysis of the positive impact the gaming industry has on communities.  For Michigan, the AGA reported that the commercial and tribal casinos had an economic impact totaling $6.8 Billion and supported 37,911 jobs in the state.   The casinos generated tax and revenue sharing payments totaling over $1.3 Billion with gross gaming revenue of $2.87 Billion.    
On a national perspective, it is clear that the gaming industry has become a major economic contributor in our country.  The AGA noted “Not only did annual commercial casino revenue hit a new high in 2019, but direct commercial gaming tax revenue generated more than $10 billion for state and local governments for the first time ever. This is a 4.1 percent increase from 2018 and does not account for the billions more in sales, income, and other taxes from gaming. The $10.2 billion in taxes benefit the states and communities in which casinos operate by funding education initiatives, health insurance programs, infrastructure and economic development projects, responsible gaming programs, and more. State-by-state breakdowns of the distribution of gaming taxes can be found in the report.” 
According to the AGA announcement the “State of the States 2020 is the definitive economic analysis of the U.S. commercial casino industry and its significant economic impact in the 25 U.S. states with commercial gaming operations. For each of the 25 jurisdictions, the report analyzes gaming revenue and gaming taxes generated by commercial casino locations for the calendar year 2019. The report provides a breakdown of the legality of types of gaming and the number of casinos by state, summarizes major gaming policy discussions, and previews opportunities and challenges for the industry. AGA’s State of Play map provides the report findings in an easy-touse, interactive tool.” 
Copies of the Report are available at the following link:  https://www.americangaming.org/ resources/state-of-the-states-2020/ 

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