5/24/17 - Fixing the Casino "Local Share" Issue
When lawmakers first authorized slot machine gaming in Pennsylvania, the gaming law ensured counties and municipalities that host casinos would get a share of the revenue to account for increased emergency response needs, infrastructure demands and other pressing community priorities. However, a state Supreme Court ruling last year invalidated that section of the law.
Without action to reinstate the local share, host municipalities and counties could stand to lose $140 million or more in annual revenue – most of which would be passed on to taxpayers in the form of tax increases. The court set a deadline for lawmakers to fix the problem, and that deadline is rapidly approaching.