The five members earn about $24,000 a year. They made their request for a salary cut to the governor Friday.
Spokesman Mike Deines said given the economy and planned staff cuts, the commissioners felt the request was appropriate. Fees from the companies it regulates, not state tax revenues, pay for the commission.
The commission will lay off 11 employees and reduce hours for an additional 10 workers, effective Feb. 7. It said the cuts were because plans for expanded gambling didn't develop as expected.
Instead of four state-owned casinos under construction and slot machines at two race tracks, only one casino is being built.