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Detroit casinos have paid $4.5 billion in taxes to state, city since launch of commercial gambling

Detroit’s three casinos have paid approximately $4.5 billion in taxes to the state of Michigan and city of Detroit since the launch of commercial gambling in the city, the Michigan Gaming Control Board said Monday, which marks the 20th anniversary of when the Michigan Gaming & Revenue Act went into effect.

Gov. John Engler signed the legislation July 17, 1997, which permitted up to three commercial casinos in Detroit and established the gaming control board — now made up of 138 people — to regulate operations and impose taxes, the board said in a news release.

The tax rate was amended in 2004 to its current configuration of 8.1 percent to the state and 10.9 percent to the city on the casinos’ net win.

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