Friday, February 12, 2016

State Sen. Farnese has concerns about new casino, calls for more transparency

State Sen. Larry Farnese has some concerns about a new casino and he sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board Monday evening.

State Sen. Farnese has concerns about new casino, calls for more transparency

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State Sen. Lawrence Farnese.

State Sen. Larry Farnese has some concerns about a new casino and he sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board Monday evening.

SugarHouse Casino is in Farnese’s district and all six of the recent applicants for Philadelphia’s second casino license have chosen locations in his district.

His letter, addressed to William Ryan Jr., Board Chairman points to concerns about political favoritism in the selection process, expanding public input and transparency.

“Every single application deserves a thorough analysis; decisions should not be made in a vacuum or before all of the information is known,” Farnese wrote in the letter. “It is important to ensure that applicants are building the project that will most benefit the state, city and host neighborhood –and that applicants can actually execute the plan they submit.”

Read Farnese’s letter here.

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