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What a Shock: Casinos Want More
Next, at 11: The State House authorizes cigarette companies to promote their products in high schools. State Representatives say that the move is necessary to increase revenue from Cigarette taxes.
A top Democrat will introduce legislation early next year that could legalize poker, blackjack and other table games in the state's new casinos, legislative staffers said yesterday.
Just two weeks after the first slots parlor opened in Pennsylvania, and surprising even Democratic allies, State Rep. Bill DeWeese (D., Greene), the House minority leader, acknowledged that he was drafting a bill that could turn the state's planned slots parlors into full-fledged casinos.
The goal of the bill would be to have all 14 licensees become eligible for table games to ward off competition from surrounding states, such as West Virginia, which are considering expanding from slot machines to full casino gambling.
"It used to be that slots made up 85 percent of [a casino's] business. But that's no longer the case anymore," Manzo said. "We can generate significantly more dollars for property taxes."
I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
So, let's recap- last week, the State House passed a bill that would amend the PA liquor law to allow Casinos to give gamblers as much free alcohol as they want. These Casinos are largely supposed to be for commuters, right? (Remember the argument for something like Trump is that people from the W. suburbs will come.) So, now, in a place that doesn't pretend to have hotel rooms, etc, the State House wants to make it legal to get the gamblers nice and plowed. They get drunk, they lose more money, and hey, if they contribute to increasing the number of deaths from drunken driving, well too bad! Show us the money!
Now, we get Bill DeWeese, our soon to be Majority Leader, telling us that for revenue sake, we have to put in full casinos, not just slots. What. A. Surprise. At this point, I don't particularly give two shits what games they have in the Casino. What I care about is the total dishonesty that has been a part of the process from the beginning. They knew that they were going to expand from slots, despite denials. But despite that, they simply kept on lying through their teeth on behalf of one of the more repugnant industries there are.