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Pennsylvania's Gambling Expansion Proving Unpopular at the Local Level

The state thought more casinos would be a good way to raise some revenue for the state. So far a lot of local governments want no part of that action.
December 8, 2017, 5am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Mount Airy Casino Resort in Pocono, Pennsylvania
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"Two hundred Pennsylvania municipalities [pdf] have already opted out of hosting a new miniature casino," reports Katie Meyer. Moreover, 12 counties that already have casinos also have the option to allow "remote video gaming terminals" in truck stops. So far, three of the eligible counties have said no to the idea.

The cities were given the option to welcome a new casino as part of a gambling operations expansion approved by the State Legislature in October as a source of revenue.

"Municipalities have until January to decide whether they want to play host to a mini-casino, and more are expected to opt out this month," according to Meter.

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Published on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in WHYY
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