Meanwhile, lawmakers in the Harrisburg capital are continuing to contemplate expanding gambling and allowing slot machines to be placed inside bars and restaurants, truck stops, and airport terminals.
Governor Tom Wolf and the legislature have a $2.2 billion budget problem, and the latest Pennsylvania Slot Machine data hints that gambling expansion might not be the answer.
The slot revenue report issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board comes at a rather inopportune time, as the Republican-controlled legislature is expected to work through the weekend in trying to find common ground on a budget resolution with Governor Tom Wolf (D).
In addition to the widespread allowance of businesses to incorporate slot machines, a gaming bill passed by the House would legalize online casinos and daily fantasy sports, and create regulations for sports betting should the current federal ban be repealed by Congress or the US Supreme Court.
The first-term governor had previously expressed his willingness to consider gambling expansion, but the new report regarding Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue might reverse that position.
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