Supporters of a proposal that would permit casino table games at Pennsylvania casino facilities made their case at a hearing in the state capitol in Harrisburg on August 12th, 2009.
They were trying to counter representatives of the horse racing industry, who testified before a state House committee hearing about a study they have made challenging a previous study showing that casino table games like blackjack would improve revenues for Pennsylvania.
The horsemen stated that slot machine play drops when casino table games were introduced and that a smaller tax rate for casino table games would then mean smaller revenue for the state and the horse racing market.
But House Democrat William DeWeese, the sponsor of the House version of the casino table games legislation, sees a great momentum for the games. DeWeese said that his perception of the political situation in Harrisburg right now is there is a seventy-eighty percent chance that the casino table will be a part of the budget consideration.
But DeWeese acknowledges that opposition by the Senate Republican leader has stalled Gov. Rendell's proposal to earn additional revenue by allowing video poker. State senator Tommy Tomlinson (Republican-Bucks County), the sponsor of the Senate version of the casino table games legislation, states that Pennsylvania needs the extra profit now more than ever.
Thursday, September 10 , 2009