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.