Legislator challenges Missouri casino revenue numbers

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | 11:43 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A state lawmaker is accusing the Missouri Gaming Commission of putting out phony numbers on how well Missouri casinos are doing.

The commission reported Tuesday that the casinos took in almost $146 million in revenue last month, a 10 percent increase from January 2008.

Rep. Ray Salva called the numbers "fabricated" and not possible, given the poor economy that has caused gambling revenues in other states to fall.

Salva is a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging last year's ballot measure that repealed casino loss limits and capped the number of casinos. The Democrat wants a casino in his hometown of Sugar Creek, a suburb of Kansas City.

Commission spokeswoman LeAnn McCarthy said officials audit tax collections from the casinos and reconcile those numbers with the state Department of Revenue.


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