Philadelphia has rejected participating in part of expanded gambling

Dec 16, 2017 8:16 AM

Philadelphia has rejected participating in at least a portion of Pennsylvania’s move to take in more tax revenue by expanding gambling in the state when the City Council voted unanimously Thursday to bar video gaming terminals, as well as a satellite or mini-casinos, in the city.

Twelve City Council members cosponsored legislation and were supported 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.

An overhaul of Pennsylvania’s gambling laws now allow up to five gaming terminals in truck stops, and 10 new satellite or mini-casinos across the state in an effort to help balance the state’s budget deficit.