Truck stop or convenience store? The answer will affect Pa.’s gambling expansion

Charles Thompson | Friday, February 1, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

When Karyn Kelly bought her lunch one day this week at a Rutter’s store in northern York County, it never occurred to her she was shopping at a truck stop.

“I think of this as a convenience store,” said Kelly, a 66-year-old from the Dillsburg area. Kelly said she hits the business three or four times a week because it is convenient to her place of work, the nearby Capital City Airport in Fairview Township.

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Pennsylvania’s big budget gamble is paying off so far with high bids for two mini-casinos

Charles Thompson | Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

State officials who banked on gambling expansion to balance the state’s deficit-ridden budget are riding a hot hand so far when it comes to the new concept of satellite casinos.

With a winning bid of $40.1 million secured Wednesday from Stadium Casino LLC for a casino in Westmoreland County, officials have now raised $90.2 million from just the first two of 10 potential licenses.

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New Pennsylvania laws for 2018 expand gambling, allow golf carts on roads

Matthew Stantoni | Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Driving a golf cart on Pennsylvania roads, gambling online and keeping your tax collector from skimming off your tax payments will all get a little easier under new legislation that takes effect this month.

House Bill 271 greatly expands gambling in the state, especially by allowing online casino gaming and gambling online through the Pennsylvania Lottery.

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Gov. Wolf to evaluate plan to close budget gap, expand gambling in Pennsylvania

Wes Venteicher | Thursday, October 26, 2017, The Tribune Review

Gov. Tom Wolf is reviewing legislation from the General Assembly that would allow gambling at airports, truck stops and on the internet while giving casinos a chance to open as many as 10 satellite gaming sites in Pennsylvania.

Legislators said the bill could generate $239 million in revenue this fiscal year and help close a budget gap that has fueled a four-month standoff at the Capitol.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers call for crackdown on illegal gambling, booze sales

Natasha Lindstrom | Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

HARRISBURG — State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney has a message for the tens of thousands of Pennsylvania businesses believed to be harboring an illegal slot machine or bending liquor rules: You’re going to get caught.

“As long as it’s illegal, we have a duty to enforce it,” said McIlhinney, a Republican from Bucks County who chairs the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

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Pa. Senate approves plan to close $2.2B budget hole

Michael Rubinkam | Thursday, July 27, 2017, Associated Press

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday approved a plan to eliminate a $2.2 billion budget deficit that includes heavy borrowing and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases, including on Marcellus Shale gas drilling, consumers’ utility bills and online purchases.

Floor votes came barely 14 hours after Republicans who control the chamber first unveiled their plan to balance the $32 billion state budget late Wednesday. It includes a proposal to borrow $1.3 billion against Pennsylvania’s annual share of the 1998 multistate settlement with tobacco companies, an approach rejected by their GOP counterparts in the House just last week. States typically borrow to prop up current spending only as a last resort.

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