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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware Senate panel has approved legislation that would reduce taxes and fees at the state's casinos.

The Delaware State News reports that the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation to lower taxes on slots and table games.

The legislation has bipartisan support. Efforts to lower casino taxes have had little success in past years.

Supporters of the legislation say Delaware's tax rates for casinos are too high compared with neighboring jurisdictions. The state's public casino, Dover Downs, lost $1.1 million 2017.

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Delaware lawmakers are looking to cut the state taxes on casino revenues to help ailing industry.

The measure would slash the tax on table games from 30 percent to 15 percent while creating tax brackets for slot machines.

State Senator Brian Bushweller who sponsored the bill told WBOC that he believes the current tax structure threatens casinos.

He represents a district that includes Dover Downs which employs around 15-hundred workers.

The Dover Democrat said that the measure would cost the state more than $20 million.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State gaming officials say the opening of MGM National Harbor helped Maryland's six casinos bring in record revenue.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming said in a news release Thursday that MGM in Prince George's County generated nearly $42 million from slot machines and table games. The casino opened on Dec. 8.

Officials say that amount and the revenue the other five casinos generated in December brings the total to more than $133 million. The previous revenue record of more than $104 million was set in May 2016.

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It was a hot August for Maryland casinos.

State officials say they brought in over $100 million last month.

That’s 3.7 percent higher than last year at this time.

The big winner was Maryland Live Casino which raked in nearly $56 million while Horseshoe Casino Baltimore pulled in nearly $28 million.

Ocean Downs produced $6.2 million with its 800 slot machines. It does not have any table games.

Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in $5.9 million. That was a decline of 9.5 percent from this time last year.   

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The numbers are out for Maryland casino revenue.

As of last month the combined state wide total was $103.8 million dollars.

That’s up five percent from last year in July.

The biggest winner was Maryland Live Casino which raked in over $60 million in revenue while the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore produced revenue of nearly $25 million.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6.7 million with Ocean Downs earning around $6.5 million.

Ocean Downs is being bought by Churchill Downs Inc. and Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC.

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Casino revenues may be up but Ocean Downs is not bringing in the kind money that had been hoped for when slots got approved.

It only brought in $56 million in revenue providing only $27 million in taxes and fees.

When the green light was given in 2009 to build the casino it was supposed to rake in $97 million by 2013 with $65 million going to the state and local governments.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the casino has only been able to hire half of the workforce that had been projected.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials say the state's casinos raked in a monthly record of $104.3 million in May.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming says the total surpassed the $103.9 million record established a month earlier. The May figure was $8 million higher than the same month a year ago.

The first of Maryland's five casinos opened in September 2010. Revenue from the casinos supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, the horse racing industry, and small-, minority- and women-owned businesses.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment has been notified by the New York Stock Exchange that the average closing price of its common stock has fallen below $1 over 30 consecutive trading days, the minimum price for continued listing on the exchange.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland gaming officials say December's revenue at the state's five casinos was up 11 percent over December 2014.

The casinos generated more than $95 million in revenue in December, Maryland Lottery and Gaming said in a news release Tuesday.

The agency says monthly revenues were up five percent at Hollywood Casino Perryville; 19 percent at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore; nearly eight percent at Maryland Live Casino; 15 percent at Casino at Ocean Downs; and 14 percent at Rocky Gap Casino Resort.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced that all five Maryland casinos reported revenue gains in October.

The agency announced Thursday that state casinos generated an estimated total of $94.7 million last month. This was an increase of $7.9 million, or 9.2 percent, over the same month last year.

Maryland Live, the state's largest casino, generated $54.9 million, a 9.3 percent increase. Horseshoe, the state's second-largest casino, reported $24.6 million in revenue, a 9.8 percent increase.

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