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Budget Hearings Recap – Week 3


Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

Week of March 5, 2018

Senate Hearings on Proposed State Budget

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am taking part in public hearings on Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018-2019 state budget. Summaries and video of each of this week’s hearings are listed below. You can review previous hearings here and here. Inclement weather caused postponement of the final two days of hearings. I’ll follow up with those summaries when the hearings are rescheduled. 

In this Edition:

  • Gaming Control Board
  • Revenue/PA Lottery
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Aging

Monday March 5, 2018

Gaming Control Board

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fielded questions on how expanded gaming opportunities will impact the state and how they will be regulated.  Other questions centered on:

  • New jobs created by new Category 4 “mini casino” licenses and other expanded gaming.
  • The impact of pension costs on the board’s budget.
  • The implementation of Video Gaming Terminals at truck stops.
  • Regulations that will be established to ensure proper control of Category 4 casinos.
  • Ensuring proper surveillance and security of VGTs.
  • Gaming options at airports.
  • Efforts to support Pennsylvania’s horse racing facilities.
  • The amount of slot machine revenue going toward property tax relief.
  • The impact of casinos on local economic development.
  • Help for gambling addictions and efforts to crack down on underage gambling.
  • The continued presence of the PA State Police at casinos, whether it is warranted and who pays for it.
  • A status report on slot machine revenues versus table game revenues.

Full Hearing

Revenue Department and Lottery

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