I like playing poker, craps, and blackjack, so I was pleased when legislators in my home state of Pa appeared to be edging closer to legalizing table games in state casinos.
Not that I don’t like slots. I do. But I want the option of the other games as well.
Pennsylvania, in a constant state of revenue crisis seems to understand that gambling (which will happen no matter what) might as well profit from people’s play.
On Dec. 14 a vote passed through the state House of Rep., 97-95, barely passing through to clear the first hurdle.
House Democrats were in favor while many Republicans had been in an uproar.
The vote was on the proposal, so the issue has not yet passed.
The expansion would not only add an additional slot to the number of casino licenses allowed to be issued within the state, but also allow for expansion beyond slot type games. Table games, such as poker, blackjack, and even craps could be included in the state’s licensed casinos.
We understand that additional taxes will also be levied against the casinos, all to keep funds flowing into the state’s coffers.
As a resident, I’m all for anything that would alleviate the constantly rising taxes here.
Hey…did you know that we here in Pa laughingly call our home “Tax-ylvania”?
It’s not funny.
Let’s hope the bill passes.
I’ll let you know what happens.