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Published April 18, 2011, 02:44 PM

ND House Defeats Tax Cut for Charitable Gambling

North Dakota charities have gone bust in their quest for getting a tax cut for their gambling operations.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota charities have gone bust in their quest for getting a tax cut for their gambling operations.

The North Dakota House voted 48-46 on Monday to defeat the tax overhaul bill.

Charities that use gambling to raise money now pay several state taxes. The defeated bill would have scrapped the taxes and imposed a 1 percent tax on all money wagered.

The proposal would have cut the tax bill for North Dakota charities by $10.8 million every two years.

House Republican majority leader Al Carlson spoke against the tax cut. He says it costs money to administer gambling rules and pay for addiction treatment.

Forman Rep. Bill Amerman says the tax cut is deserved. He says the savings would be spent on charitable work in communities.

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