Budget negotiations in Harrisburg have reportedly lead to a tentative deal to pass a revenue package including a small gambling expansion, and skips over the tax increases that had been in an earlier Senate plan.
According to City & State, the deal would create 10 new ‘mini casinos’ in rural areas of the state, expand online poker and slots, and legalize video gaming terminals at truck stops.
The deal would avoid the tax increases and expansions that were included in an earlier proposal passed by the Senate with bipartisan support, but had met strong resistance in the House.
“The details are still being worked out and we hope to have something to share with the caucus next week,” House GOP spokesman Stephen Miskin told City & State.
According to the Patriot News, the deal would rely heavily on borrowing at least $1 billion against the state’s payments from the tobacco settlement and around $300 million in fund transfers.
City & State reports that Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati recalled the Senate for session Monday with plans to vote on a budget bill next week.