La. colleges owed $15M from racing commission, audit says
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says higher education, which has struggled with budget cuts, has been shortchanged more than $15 million it was owed from the Louisiana State Racing Commission.
The Legislative Auditor's Office says the money should have been paid from a slice of the license fee on wagers at off-track betting facilities.
The audit was released Monday.
Auditors say under state law the Board of Regents should have received one-third of the license fees collected, a figure tallied at more than $15 million from July 1996 through April 2015.
The racing commission disagrees.
The commission says it didn't have a "mechanism" for distributing the money to the Board of Regents. And it says the board never sought to collect the funds in the 28 years since the law was enacted.
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