GOP Senators Say Problem Gambling Money Misspent

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

WICHITA (AP) – Two Republican state senators say even if the governor approves a request for increased funding to help problem gamblers, the money probably won’t be spent where it was intended under Kansas law.

Gary Haulmark of the Department for Aging and Disability Services has asked for a $3.5 million boost for problem gambling services. Sen. Carolyn McGinn, of Sedgwick, wants lawyers for that department to justify how the money is being spent.

Kansas requires 2 percent of gambling proceeds to go into a problem gambling fund. The Wichita Eagle reports that this year, only $740,000 of roughly $9 million in the fund has been budgeted for that purpose.

Senator John Vratil of Leawood says the state “at best is being intellectually dishonest about how the money is being used.”