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Published February 08, 2011, 03:06 PM

ND Charities Seek Cut in State Gambling Taxes

North Dakota charities are seeking an overhaul of the state's gambling taxes.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota charities are seeking an overhaul of the state's gambling taxes.

Charity representatives told the North Dakota Senate's Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that they pay a high tax rate on gambling profits — and the money should go to local projects.

Arlette Preston of Fargo's Plains Art Museum says the museum's charitable gambling income has been declining.

She says the museum has cut staff, but she says further reductions will jeopardize its existence.

Senators are reviewing legislation that would replace an array of state gambling taxes with a 1 percent flat rate on wagers.

Marvin Knutson is vice president of the Charitable Gaming Association of North Dakota. He says the state's budget surplus can afford a $10.8 million tax reduction for charities.

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