Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper dumped the state’s gaming commission

Jul 11, 2011 7:10 PM

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has successfully dumped the state’s gaming commission. He was angry because the five-member board agreed to reduce the amount of taxes being paid by the state’s casinos.

The drop in revenue would affect the community colleges and other groups that benefited from the casino taxes.But, the commission members said that some casinos were struggling and needed the tax break.

"Gaming should be subject to the same risks and rewards of operating and expanding as other industries," Hickenlooper said.

Two of the commission members did not seek re-appointment while the other three were forced to resign.