Iowa’s Commercial Casinos Give Millions to Educational Endeavors


It’s back-to-school time for thousands of Iowa students and families. Throughout the state, children and adults alike will feel the positive impact of casino gaming dollars at work. The 19 members of the Iowa Gaming Association pay over $322 million in gaming taxes to the state every year, and much of that goes to education, from preschool to universities and even skilled training for adults.

Here are a few of the ways Iowa’s casinos invest in our state via legislative appropriations:

  • UI Pharmacy Building Renovation, $22.8 million
  • ISU Biosciences Building, $19.5 million
  • Tuition replacement, $16.0 million
  • ISU Student Innovation Center, $6.0 million
  • Department of Education, $3.5 million
  • Iowa Skilled Worker & Job Creation Fund (which funds several education priorities, such as adult literacy and workforce training), $66 million
  • Learn more about tax allocations here

Additionally, our casino members provided $61.9 million in charitable grants to fund visionary programs in every county in the state. Several schools have benefited as dollars are used for scholarships, preschool and more educational programs.That report in detail can be found here.

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