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Some PA Communities Lose Casino Fees Over Legislative inaction

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.   Today, it’s still not fixed. And that’s losing some towns money. For years, casinos were required to pay their host municipalities whichever was greater–two percent of their slot machine revenue, or $10 million.

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PA Casino Slots Revenue Ended Year Below Expectations

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Slots revenues are down nearly across the board in Pennsylvania’s casinos for the just-ended fiscal year. The dip comes as lawmakers work to make the commonwealth even more reliant on gambling revenues, proposing the legalization of internet gaming and, potentially, other platforms.  Richard McGarvey, with the state Gaming Control Board, noted he couldn’t make out any particular pattern for the drop. He also said he can’t say if it’ll persist into next year. “If you look across the board, we really did see a general decline across most facilities,” he said. “There were a couple that were up, but even those weren’t up a great deal–just to a relative degree.

Gaming Expansion Faces Division In The PA House

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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.  The Senate-passed bill would chiefly legalize and regulate internet gambling. It would also let Pennsylvanians buy lottery tickets and bet on fantasy sports online, and fix a law that dictates how casinos pay out fees to their local communities. House spokesman Steven Miskin noted, lawmakers in his chamber are still divided. Many want remote gaming terminals to be allowed in bars and taverns, for instance.

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Chemung Buses Prepare For More Employees At Tioga Downs

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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. The county is working with the human resources department at Tioga Downs to learn when work shifts are as they consider how to expand service.