Iowa’s Attorney General will take the dispute over casino taxes to the U-S Supreme Court next month.
A.G. Tom Miller will appear before the high court on April 29th to argue in favor of upholding the Iowa law that taxes land-based casinos at a higher rate then riverboat casinos. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last June that the law was unconstitutional. Miller appealed that ruling and the U-S Supreme Court said in January it would hear the case. Several million dollars are at stake, as if the state ruling is upheld, legislators would have to figure a way to pay taxes back to the land-based casinos in a time when there’s no extra money in the budget. Republicans who control the legislature put the brakes on talk to reach a settlement with the casinos, saying the Supreme Court’s willingness to hear the issue indicates the state will likely win the case.