200 PA Municipalities Opt Out Of Gaming Expansion

Dec 7, 2017
Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Two hundred Pennsylvania municipalities have already opted out of hosting a new miniature casino. 

At least 79 are in the midstate.

The option is part of a gambling expansion lawmakers passed at the end of October, which was designed to raise revenue to help fix the commonwealth's chronically underfunded budget.

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - Pennsylvania recently legalized online gambling with a new law that also provides for 10 mini-casinos and standalone gaming terminals throughout the state. 

This expansion will take some time to be implemented.

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A Moody's credit rating agency report shows Pennsylvania's recent gambling expansion may not be that great for casinos, and could run the risk of making the commonwealth less attractive to the industry.  

The expansion will allow up to 10 new mini casinos to start operating, as well as video gambling terminals in truck stops.

Moody's analyst Peggy Holloway said the moves could siphon revenue from existing casinos.

"Based on some commentary from the operators, they're not that happy with the way the bill was set up," she said.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Pennsylvania is starting the lengthy process of making far-reaching expansions to its gambling industry. 

Among the law's major provisions are legalization of video gaming terminals--or VGTs--in truck stops, and licensing of 10 new miniature casinos.

Counties can opt not to allow VGTs, and municipalities can do the same for mini-casinos.

State Gaming Control Board Spokesman Doug Harbach said those moves have to happen by December 29 and 31, respectively, but they haven't heard from anyone yet.

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - Last week, state lawmakers passed bills broadly expanding Pennsylvania’s gaming industry. The bills legalized internet gaming, sanctioned gambling at airports and truck stops, and authorized up to 10 new satellite casinos.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - As lawmakers try to negotiate a budget that'll pass the House, Senate, and Governor, plus fill a $2 billion funding gap, they're also grappling with another issue.  Nearly a year ago, the State Supreme Court declared that a law governing how casinos pay fees to their host municipalities was unconstitutional, and gave lawmakers an ultimatum: fix the law, or it'll be invalidated.  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State House and Senate Republicans are struggling for consensus on major budget components ahead of Friday's deadline. One of the big sticking points remains how far to go on expanded gambling, which is likely one of the primary sources of new revenue. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House of Representatives quickly introduced and passed a sweeping new gambling bill Wednesday evening, which would significantly expand the industry. 

Gaming Expansion Faces Division In The PA House

May 26, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A bill to expand gambling and raise sorely-needed revenue is moving on to the House, after passing swiftly through the Senate this week. Gaming has been a sticky issue for the legislature for several sessions, and the latest bill is expected to face pushback from several factions of House lawmakers. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A state House panel is considering a plan to help fill significant budget gaps that have been left open for gambling revenue. 

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The no. 10 bus that runs from Elmira to Owego used to drive past Tioga Downs, but now it stops there six times a day. It's called the "Tioga Downs" line on the bus website. Chemung County added the stops to help people who work at the casino.

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - As gambling casinos continue to open up across the state, the shadow of compulsive gambling grows larger. One Syracuse area gambling addiction clinic is already booked.

PA Lawmakers Launch More Gaming Expansion Plans

Mar 29, 2017

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- As they search for revenues to patch budget holes and ease a multi-billion structural deficit, state lawmakers have turned time and again to the gambling industry for some cash.

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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - When playing the slots in Pennsylvania, casinos and gamblers aren't the only ones making money. The state collects 54 cents for every dollar a player loses in a slot machine. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Pennsylvania's current budget has a $100 million hole state lawmakers intended to fill with some kind of gaming revenue. That money never came through. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - There will be a racing season at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. The 56th consecutive season of thoroughbred racing was somewhat in doubt when the track owners and the horsemen's association could not agree on terms for this upcoming season. 

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A local lawmaker wants New York State to compensate Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack for the revenue it might lose due to the recent opening of the del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County. 


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The del Lago Casino in Seneca County has opened its doors. The  $440 million facility is one of several casinos opening in upstate after after New Yorkers approved a referendum in 2013 that allows for the creation of four non-Indian casinos upstate. 

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An allocation in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget could resolve a dispute over casino revenues in the Mohawk Valley. 

(Harrisburg) -- The newly-appointed chairs of gaming committees in the House and Senate are preparing themselves for a busy session. Several top legislative priorities revolve around gaming, and could play a role in easing the state's financial deficiencies. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Problem gamblers in New York can now receive in-patient care at six state-run addiction treatment centers. 

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(Harrisburg) -- The 2017 legislative session has yet to begin, but some lawmakers are already making plans for the new year, and casino-related laws are among those at the top of the list.

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Tioga Downs opened today as a full Las Vegas-style casino, complete with 33 table games and a poker room.

Officials with the del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County have announced an opening  date for that $440 million project. 

PA Legislature Tries, But Can't Pass Casino Tax Fix

Oct 27, 2016
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(Harrisburg) -- Lawmakers are likely leaving Harrisburg without fixing a casino tax law the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last month. The law levies municipal taxes on casinos, and provides 140 million dollars in annual revenue to several local governments.

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Lawmakers are almost out of time to fix a municipal casino tax bill that the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last month. 

PA Legislature Divided Over Gaming Bill

Oct 19, 2016
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The state legislature only has a handful of session days left, and members appear to be divided over one of the body's top priorities: gaming legislation. 

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A bill vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this month would have given Madison County some of the cash the Oneida Indian nation pays to state as part of a compact that’s been in place between the state and the nation since 2013. 

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Construction started Tuesday at Tioga Downs on the hotel and spa management hopes will pamper thousands of future visitors.

The move comes one week after the New York State Gaming Commission officially granted a casino license to Tioga Downs.

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(AP) New York state gambling regulators have formally awarded a casino license to Tioga Downs, a racetrack and electronic gambling facility in the state's Southern Tier.