Budget Impasse Threatens Pennsylvania Casinos

Pennsylvania’s booming casino industry faces the prospect of a summer shutdown amid a bitter legislative battle over the budget of the industry’s regulatory watchdog.

House and Senate lawmakers are locked in a stalemate over the board's proposed $35.5m budget for the new fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The House wants to transfer the board's investigative arm to the Attorney General's office, citing a recent grand jury report that raised troubling questions on how background probes into potential casino operators were handled.

But a top Senate lawmaker has refused to sign off on the House's proposed budget, calling the transfer of the board's investigative bureau unnecessary and expensive.

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