I received this from Wayne Fontana and a similar reply from Sean Logan.
Thank you for communicating to me your thoughts on the need for a new
arena, the future of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Isle of Capri
It is important to the region, including the City of Pittsburgh, that we
retain the Penguins in the city. The Penguins have not asked for state
money; instead, their plan revolves around getting the slots license.
That being said, the State Senate has no vote in that decision, but its
members can certainly have an impact, as can you.
Just recently, I introduced legislation asking the Gaming Board to take
into consideration whether a casino plan includes funding for an arena
when making their decision regarding the slots license. Senators Costa
and Logan have signed on as co-sponsors on this bill. It is my hope
that this bill will be one more tool to ensure that the decision that
the Gaming Board makes is one that best for the City and region.
Together, I believe we can do what is necessary to keep the Penguins in
Pittsburgh. Again, thank you for your communication. I look forward to
hearing from you on this and other issues that are of importance to you.
Senator Wayne D. Fontana
42nd Senatorial District