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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