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.