As budget deadline nears, a lot remains up in the air

As budget deadline nears, a lot remains up in the air

It’s just about ten days until the traditional budget deadline of June 30/July 1 and as things look on Tuesday, a lot remains on the table to be agreed to.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow

GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow

In what is likely the beginning of an exhaustive series of high-level budget-related discussions among leadership between the House and Senate, Republican leaders gathered in the Senate Majority Leader’s office Wednesday morning to work on establishing a roadmap and timetable for wrapping up a budget for the coming fiscal year.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

With some form of gaming expansion on everyone’s plate for revenue generation to fund the FY 2017-2018 budget, the House took an important step Wednesday by loading a “kitchen sink” gaming expansion bill that includes the legalization of controversial video gaming terminals and expands Pennsylvania’s current gaming apparatus to include iGaming, fantasy sports regulation, airport gaming tablets, legalized sports betting, off track betting slots, and casino simulcasting.

 

The legislation also takes the step of fixing the local shares assessment found unconstitutional last year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and which lawmakers are obligated to fix in this budget cycle to ensure casino host communities get a share of the revenues.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”

Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”

By a vote of 38-12 Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate sent to the House a piece of legislation that contains what many are calling the largest expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania since gambling was legalized in the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

The House Gaming Oversight Committee held a marathon hearing Monday that examined a proposal that would legalize video gaming terminals (VGTs) as a means to produce revenue for the Commonwealth and local governments.

 

The proposal—currently enshrined in House Bill 1010, which is sponsored by Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)—would legalize the machines that host slot-machine-like games and allow them to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. 

Monday, May 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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