Not many folks know it, but having a casino in your backyard generates a big payout in tax revenue for host communities.
Pennsylvania levies hefty taxes on casinos: 55 percent on slots and 14 percent on table games. Towns that host those gaming halls, meanwhile, get a slice of that money all to themselves.
As we reported Sunday, the annual contribution from SugarHouse has been sizeable and Mayor Nutter wants to be sure that if there is a second casino, it does the least harm to the city's first casino.
Here's a graphic that shows the local tax revenue for Philadelphia from SugarHouse.