Tavern Owners Push For VGT Legalization

PLBTA LogoThe 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:

Pittsburgh Ad:

York Ad:

August 14th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | 8 Comments

8 thoughts on “Tavern Owners Push For VGT Legalization”

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  2. Chuckie Porter the rat says:

    If the truth be told (which is tough for me because I’m a rat) the bars have been taking it up the gigi by our design ever since we put Sean Logan in the state senate to promote beer distributors over taverns as a pathway into casino gambling and privatizing liquor. La familia is big in both enterprises.
    Vgt’s are not good for us because we don’t get to count that money and it would be an impassable roadblock to expanded casino gambling.you can blame leaders as you want, and with Costa you would be a little right since private orders been gived to him, but in the end, the godfather and his daughter are on the casino association payroll so you can forget about cherry masters and other slots in bars unless we get a cut. Meanwhile, the real cuprick here is Turdo who just wants a private licker. Call him.

  3. Barbara Spene says:

    Vote for VTG’S I’m the owner of The Friendly Tavern in DuBois Pa. All bar owners need this passed to survive in the world of small businesses. I lost my 6 Pack business to Sheetz and grocery stores and Beer Distributors and Casinos . Please save our Bars and Restaurants. This next year I will be in our families 50 years and I want to keep going and pass it on to my son. Please save our Family Business from going under and pass a VTG’s We need to have Gambling in our Bars and Restaurants. Thank You !!!

    1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

      Maybe get real “friendly” and add hookers that customers can take into a back room. That should up your business. Not a priority that family bars survive in PA. Times they are a’changing.

      1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

        Or you could put hitching posts out front to keep up with the times.

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