Sept. 16, 2002 – One of the Legislature's Fiscal Year 2003 revenue fund raids has prompted the agency with oversight for the money to issue a public call for the governor to veto what it regards as an inappropriate appropriation.
In a release Monday, the Casino Control Commission said the Legislature "has tapped the Casino Revenue Fund as the source of a $125,000 grant awarded to the Young Men's Christian Association." It asked Gov. Charles W. Turnbull to line item veto that appropriation.
The release notes that by law the agencies and programs slated to receive Casino Revenue Fund money are the Education Department, Internal Revenue Bureau, the Health Department and hospitals and gambling addiction and education programs.
Since March 2000, about $3 million in casino gross revenue taxes has been collected and deposited into the fund, the release stated.
If the YMCA receives the $125,000, the commission executive director, Shawna Richards, said, "then every agency that is identified to receive [money] from the Casino Revenue Fund will receive less than they are entitled to."
She said the commission is asking Turnbull to "consider the provisions and purposes of the casino legislation and veto this additional appropriation."
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