State Gaming Commission responds to reports of extravagant spend - KCTV5

State Gaming Commission responds to reports of extravagant spending

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The State Gaming Commission is under fire for reports that they've racked up huge tabs while investigating gaming companies interested in Massachusetts.

A Boston Business Journal report outlines large amounts of money being spent on things like room service, last minute flights around the world and $78,000 in parking benefits in Boston for the commissioners.

The commission reported $13 million in spending last fiscal year.

The gaming commission is responding, saying not a dime of that was from taxpayers.

Chairman of the State Gaming Commission Stephen Crosby sent this statement to CBS 3:

"The Massachusetts Gaming Commission appreciates the importance of public scrutiny and fully expects to be held accountable by our various constituents. It is important to note that not one penny of taxpayer dollars has been or ever will be spent on commission operations due to the fact that we are funded solely by the gaming applicants and licensees. However, as our agency continues to grow and mature we will strive to strengthen existing policies to ensure maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness. To help with that process, we will seek an independent review to assess best practices for travel, entertainment, investigatory and other expenses in comparable regulatory agencies across the country as we review and improve our standards."

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