Philadelphia City Council votes 17-0 to reject video gaming terminals and mini-casinos

Philadelphia City Council votes 17-0 to reject video gaming terminals and mini-casinos

Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously Thursday to bar video gaming terminals, as well as a satellite or mini-casino, in the city.

Twelve Council members cosponsored legislation and were joined by five others in a unanimous vote to tell the state “no” to awarding gaming terminal licenses in truck stops, and a “Category 4” casino license with up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games in city neighborhoods.

A sweeping expansion of casino gambling in Pennsylvania that recently became law would allow up to five gaming terminals in truck stops, and 10 new satellite or mini-casinos across the state to help balance the state’s budget deficit.

“We sent a strong message. It is dangerous to even think about this type of gaming expansion into our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Bobby Henon, who introduced the resolutions. “It’s a truck stop today, but it could be stop-and-gos and bars tomorrow. It’s like inviting a vampire into our home and getting bitten.

“A city with 26 percent poverty, 12 percent deep poverty, we cannot afford to take that kind of risk,” Henon said after the vote. “It would  destroy the social fabric of the citizenry.”

Opting out of more gambling will also help business in existing casinos, said Councilman Kenyatta  Johnson. “It’s enough to have SugarHouse and the casino that’s coming at 11th Street and Packer Avenue,” he said. “It’s better to focus on the casinos that we have.”

The city receives $4 million annually in gaming revenue for its general fund, and $4 million a year that goes to the Philadelphia School District, plus additional money to help reduce the city’s wage tax, Henon said. “More revenue will be on line with the second casino.”

Besides Philadelphia’s one casino, SugarHouse, on Delaware Avenue, a second casino license has been granted for Live! Casino & Hotel in South Philadelphia. There’s also Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester, Parx Casino in Bensalem, and Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.



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