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Iowa casinos contributed nearly $1B to Iowa's economy

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

State regulators say Iowa's casinos contributed nearly one billion dollars of the state's economy in 2011.

A Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission report shows the 18-state regulated casinos spent 999 million dollars on payrolls, food, equipment and other expenses.

That's up half a billion from 2010--  when the industry was hit by the national recession.

The report doesn't include american indian casinos, which aren't required to publicly disclose their finances.

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