Updated Internet Gambling Bill Would Generate $30 Billion For States

By: Mike Sachoff - March 25, 2010

The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative told WebProNews today it strongly supports Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) for the introduction of an updated version of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2010.

The updated legislation would guarantee taxes and fees are collected from wagers placed online in order to raise much-needed revenue for federal and state budgets.

The most significant change from earlier versions of the legislation is a provision that allows each state and tribal government to be paid six percent of all deposits placed by residents of their jurisdiction with online gambling operators. This provision combine with other taxes, would generate an estimated $30 billion or more in new revenue for the states and tribal areas over 10 years.

In addition the legislation would allocate 25 percent of the federal revenue, estimated by the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation at nearly 42 billion over 10 years, to provide assistance for those in foster care.

Michael-Waxman-Internet-Gam.jpg"This legislation is a win-win for federal and state leaders, providing an opportunity to regulate a currently off-shore and underground industry, protect consumers and put to good use tens of billions in otherwise lost revenue," said Michael Waxman, spokesperson for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative

"At a time when many policy makers are faced with significant budget shortfalls, it is only common sense to choose regulation that will generate new revenues and create new jobs currently offshore as an alternative to layoffs, program cuts or imposing broad-sweeping taxes that may further depress struggling families and businesses."

All but six states face budget shortfalls for the 2011 fiscal year, some states, including California, New Jersey, Florida and Iowa have already begun to weigh options to bring regulated Internet gambling to their jurisdictions.

Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, John Larson (D-CT), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have signed on as original co-sponsors of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2010.

Representative McDermott’s legislation is meant to serve as a companion to the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2009, legislation introduced by Chairman Frank that would allow licensed operators to accept wagers from individuals in the U.S. 

In addition, Chairman Frank’s legislation would mandate a number of significant consumer protections and reinforce the rights of each state and tribal government to decide to allow online gambling activity for people accessing the Internet within their borders and to apply other restrictions on the activity as necessary.


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  • http://www.guidetoonlinecasinogambling.com/ Jesper Nielsen

    It is sad that it has taken budget problems for legislators to call for regulation instead of prohibition. But no matter what: Hopefully it will soon again be up to the Americans themselves to decide if they want to participate in online gambling or not.

  • http://www.rambergmedia.com Lethos – RMG

    I could be missing something here and I understand not all the details are here.
    For those who are already operating gambling sites off-shore as such, to avoid such “issues” of any kind do so for that reason… to avoid issues that prevent them operating, or making it too costly.

    They’ve just replace one big reason why they shouldn’t with a new one, being taxed.
    They will continue to stay off-shore, especially if they know they will have to pass part of their profits as a new tax.
    New business’ starting might participate locally, but if they are thinking they can take a % on the entire off-shore gambling site business, they got their heads in the clouds.

    Like anything financial, if they can operate anywhere in the world, they’ll go where ever it’s easiest and cheapest. You aren’t going to get business’ moving where they operate just so they can have the pleasure of operating within America, if it’s going to hurt their business profits.

  • http://nanwich.com Nancy W.

    I have no opposition to this act. However, when will we learn that targeted income is a hoax. Any money diected to foster care will only be offset by removing the current funding. That means that the reality is that the income is really going into the general fund, not the targeted area. Look at states that passed lotteries ostensibly to fund education – pretty much every one of them has actually fallen behind where they used to be. Get real and stop claiming targeted funds – it’s a crock!

  • Guest

    Great! The Dimocrats are at it again with another promising jobs bill. Which jobs will this create? More government IRS jobs to collect from those who gambled away thier life savings? Thanks Nancy, Harry, & Barney (great name for a comedy team), between this and healthcare reform I guess my unemployed friends can have their dream jobs of gambling on the computer all day while collecting welfare & free healthcare.