Here’s a New Twist: Gambling to Help Fund Medical School in Pennsylvania

I’m loving what’s going on in Pennsylvania these days. [What’s going on in Florida with Gov. Crist’s failed deal with the Seminole tribe is also pretty funny.]

Ok…look, Pennsylvania needs to raise money for education. So the Guv…Rendell that is, decides that gambling is the answer.

So, playing blackjack, craps or roulette at Mount Airy Casino Resort will help educate future doctors, in a way.

Administrators and members of the board of Commonwealth Medical College said they welcomed this  funding stream during a press conference at the school’s temporary location at Lackawanna College, near Scranton, Pa.

Legislation signed by the governor last week provides a share of the table games revenue from Mount Airy.

Officials expect that the college will initially receive $500,000 to $600,000 per year, but if Mount Airy increases the number of table games from an initial 75 to 150, the college could see as much as $1.2 million.

Other beneficiaries will include the Tannersville campus of Northampton County Community College and community colleges in Chester and Erie counties, a hospital in Bucks County, libraries in Allegheny County and development and water projects in Montgomery County.

The table games revenue at the medical college, a private school funded mostly by student tuition, donors and state grants, is critical to the college, said the school’s dean and president.

With a steady stream of funding, and not a one-time grant, more long-range planning can be done, he added.

So let’s get this straight. All of us who love to gamble are now doing the patriotic thing. We’re supporting education.

Awesome.

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