Internet Gambling, Casino Tax Hike Said To Be In Pennsylvania Budget Mixer

With Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate poised to enter its third month, legislative insiders say an expansion of gambling, together with a casino tax increase, remain on the table as options to help close the state’s $2.2bn deficit.

Last week, the Republican-led House of Representatives approved a budget-balancing deal that included $225m from expanded gambling, but the plan did not set out which types of gambling would be authorized.

In July, the Republican-controlled Senate also passed its own budget-balancing plan that relied on an undefined, $200m expansion of gambling.

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