spi wrote:Talk about selling your soul to the devil. Obviously having the highest generating revenue casino should be right at the top, but the only thing they consider???????????? What about the impact on a community that Gambling will have.
Exactly, that is where the local leaders ARE SUPPOSED to come in and represent THIS AREA.
Here is what the legislation says.
3) THE AUTHORIZATION OF LIMITED GAMING IS INTENDED TO
PROVIDE A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF NEW REVENUE TO THE
COMMONWEALTH TO SUPPORT PROPERTY TAX RELIEF, WAGE TAX
REDUCTION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER
That money is going to be spread over 4 different spending areas.
1) Property tax relief
2) wage tax relief
3) Economic Dev. oppt.
4) Other similar initiatives.
There is no set formula for how this money will be appropriated. And the language is VERY BROAD. Look at 3 & 4. Good lord, who knows what "similar initiatives" will be to a politician.
Also, it is not as if the Pittsburgh parlor will be the ONLY source of slots revenue for the state. It will be "one bucket" out of 14 buckets, that will be emptied into the slots revenue "pool".
There will be a small (2% believed to be according to Mark Belko PG writer, giveback to the City and County) to this area, but EVERYTHING ELSE is going statewide.
It is up to the local officials to fight for this area. And it is up to us, let them know what we want them to fight for. And so far, I believe people certainly are doing that.
Keep up the good work.