The state of Pennsylvania may be putting online gambling regulation back on the table as the Keystone state is experiencing a $2 billion budget deficit and lawmakers are searching for a way to close the shortfall.
Governor Tom Wolf told KDKA-AM that he would consider expanding gambling activity in his state, noting that he would prefer to raise taxes but that the option to do that is politically divisive. Instead, online gambling could be a more palatable option, given the opportunity to raise a lot of revenue for the state's coffers.
Speaking on the matter Governor Wolf said, "I haven't heard anybody say that that is the end-all be-all to our budget deficit. I'm open to a conversation on that, and I presume you could design it to bring in some revenues, but not enough to plug a $2 billion deficit."
Pennsylvania legislators have attempted to legalize online gambling in the past, but there hasn't been much interest among lawmakers to get anything done. It appears that tide may be turning, as New Jersey has raked in millions of dollars in tax revenue since it legalized online poker and casino games.
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