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Battle between Philadelphia legislature and casinos continue

Battle between Philadelphia legislature and casinos continue The battle between the Philadelphia officials and the two casinos over relocation continues with no end in sight. A few days ago State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D-Phila) threatened to kill the tax breaks for the Philadelphia casinos if they don't relocate from their Delaware River sites. House Appropriations Committee chairman Dwight Evans and State Sen. Vince Fumo have also joined the battle against the waterfront casinos, also threatening the gambling venues with legislation.

 Meanwhile representatives for Foxwoods casino, one of the two casinos with sites on the Delaware River, have said that they will stay committed to the sites approved by the state Gaming Control Board in December 2006. State Sen. Vince Fumo was even ready to go with the good ole' legislature road - attaching a bill withdrawing property-tax breaks (to which the casinos are entitled), if they don't agree to move their sites  to an unrelated bill providing tax breaks for several economic-development projects, but the attempt was shut down. Bickering in the Pa legislature over the casinos and their location is expected to continue with no real solution in sight.

 Published on 07/08/2008

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