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  • 30 Jul 2015 07:49 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    We asked the MN Department of Labor and Industry on whether charitable gaming organizations are to use sales or sales minus prizes as the measure of whether you are considered a large organization (greater than $500,000 in sales annually) or small organization (less than $500,000 in sales annually) in regards to which hourly wage you should be paying come August 1.


    The state has now said that our sales are the measure to be used for determining our size and not sales minus prizes as the Federal Government uses on our 990T.


    I personally believe that holding us accountable for 83% of the money that we never get to use to pay bills or taxes is wrong (to say the least).  A charity with sales of $500,000 will have banked as little as $85,000 in a year, hardly my definition of a large business.  


    It will be my recommendation to the board that we seek membership approval at the annual meeting in November at the convention/expo for a statute change that clearly states that sales minus prizes is the measure of the size of our organizations, not sales.


    If you believe the same as I, please attend the convention/expo to ask that we seek this change.


  • 21 Jul 2015 14:26 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Check it out.

    http://mn.gov/gcb/

  • 10 Jul 2015 12:44 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    A reminder that the 2014 edition of the Gambling Laws is still available from Minnesota’s Bookstore – here’s the link to it from our web site: http://tinyurl.com/bock65f

    Other related products also available include:

    2014 Gambling Rules:  http://tinyurl.com/kohu5rv


    I you’d prefer to order over the phone with a credit card, feel free to give the bookstore a call at 651.297.3000 (metro) or 1.800.657.3757(nationwide).

     

    Thanks again for your interest in Minnesota’s Bookstore.

    Mary K. Mikes, Manager
    Department of Administration
    Plant Management Division:
       Minnesota's Bookstore, State Register, Central Mail
    Phone: 651.297.3979 Fax: 651.215.5733

    www.minnesotasbookstore.com 

    Follow us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/MNBookstore


  • 29 Jun 2015 15:08 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    The attached is the summary that was presented at the June GCB legislative classes.

    2015 Legislative Update - Website Version.pdf

  • 19 Jun 2015 09:56 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Clarification on Hot Ball Bingo from Chris Mau at the Gambling Control Board

    A charity may offer a hot ball prize on certain games in a session and not on others, such as a progressive game as long as it is spelled out in the organization's bingo program.

     

    Hot ball prizes do not count towards any other prize limits.  The only limit is the $500 per occasion limit on the hot ball prize itself.


  • 11 Jun 2015 09:59 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,


    Attached is the recap of your schedule C donations for FY 2014 and the summary recap of what charities paid out in expenses and taxes in FY 2014.  It was decided that using the fiscal year numbers would be better than calendar as you will be able to include your FY 2014 expenses and taxes with your donations in telling a compelling story to your legislators.


    As we have mentioned, the tax committee is still in play over the interim and you getting to your legislators with your specific numbers will help them see what you do for your communities, what you pay in expenses and what you pay in taxes in a given fiscal year.  This will only increase our chances at tax relief.


    Please act today.  Help us to help you in achieving tax relief.

    FY14FinancialCity.pdf

    FY2014 Schedule C Donations.xlsx


  • 11 Jun 2015 09:57 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members and Associates,


    Listed below are the classes being conducted by the GCB that will cover the Legislative updates from the past session regarding charitable gaming.


    ACM is looking for photos of the good work that you do in your communities to place on our website.  If you have any that you would care to share, please send them to the ACM e-mail.


    Regards,


    Al


    Minnesota Gambling Control Board

    Continuing Education Classes June 2015

     

    Topic: Legislative Update


    6/16/2015           7:00 pm         South Central College, Conference Center A           
                                                            1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato
                                                            (park in Blue Lot - north side of bldg; enter door 15) 

    6/17/2015           7:00 pm         Hibbing Memorial Building, Dining Room
                                                            400 East 23rd Street, Hibbing

    6/17/2015           7:00 pm         Gambling Control Board, Suite 300 South
                                                            1711 W. County Rd B, Roseville
                                                            (Use south doors)

    6/18/2015           7:00 pm         AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Fergus & Falls Room
                                                            526 Western Ave, Fergus Falls

    6/22/2015           6:00 pm         Best Western Kelly Inn, Congress/Senate Room
                                & 7:45pm         100 4th Ave S, St Cloud 
                                                            (park in south lot along Hwy 23 or east lot along river)

    6/23/2015           2:00 pm          Gambling Control Board, Suite 300 South
                                                            1711 W. County Rd B, Roseville
                                                            (Use south doors)


  • 08 Jun 2015 16:12 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Click for podcast. Lund’s segment begins at 20:04.

  • 08 Jun 2015 08:47 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
    From MPR News:

    Big bingo win represents turnaround for charitable gambling

    Electronic charitable gambling is posting a turnaround this summer, years after state officials wrote it off as a source of stadium funds.

    Lawmakers picked e-pulltabs and electronic-linked bingo to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. But the games initially fell flat, and forced Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature to come up with a new financing plan.

    But a bingo player in Eveleth won $71,000 Saturday night, a sign that play is picking up and driving up jackpots to unprecedented levels.

    "It's the largest jackpot that's ever been issued in Minnesota charitable bingo history, so we're pretty excited about it," said Jon Weaver of Pilot Games, the bingo game operator.

    Electronic linked bingo was an afterthought when e-pulltabs were launched in 2012. But Weaver says it is a winner.

    "It's a very important step to have a game that has this level of market acceptance that you can generate a $70,000 plus jackpot," he said. "it means that people are playing the game, and e-gaming may have developed some sea legs."

    State officials tapped new corporate taxes to pay off stadium bonds in 2013. But new charitable gambling taxes could yet prove a key financing mechanism to pay off the stadium's 30-year mortgage.

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