Tavern Owners Push For VGT Legalization
The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association (PLBTA) and the York County Licensed Beverage Association are pushing back against the Senate’s push to expand casino gambling Pennsylvania, and to allow video gaming terminals (VGTs).
The PLBTA launched a radio ad targeting state Representative Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), asking people to call his office to tell him to vote against the gambling expansion the state Senate passed as part of its revenue package. The ad pushes against state Senator Jay Costa’s (D-Allehgeny) vote on the state Senate’s plan to close the funding gap for the budget.
The York County Licensed Beverage Association ad attacks the “Philly Pittsburgh tax increase” that is part of the Senate’s revenue package.
“They’re at it again in Harrisburg. 26 Senators, the usual Philadelphia Pittsburgh crowd, voted to stuff the pockets of billionaire casino owners and their lobbyists,” the ad says.
Both ads push against the proposed tax increases in the proposal as well, but mostly focus on the way casinos.
There has been an ongoing split between the state Senate and House over how to fund the current budget, and over whether VGTs should be legal in Pennsylvania. The House passed a plan that legalized VGTs as part of a way to balance the budget. The Senate has not taken up that bill, but has passed a revenue package that expands casinos, and expands the sales tax.
You can listen to the ads below: