Gov. Rendell has signed a bill authorizing $31.6 million in funding for the state Gaming Control Board.
But he said he did so with reservations.
“The 5-percent cut to the Gaming Control Board’s appropriation concerns me," said Rendell in a statement. "This budget requires the board to regulate potentially four new casinos – Sands Bethworks, Rivers Casino, SugarHouse Casino, and Valley Forge Convention Center – with less money than last year. That means they will be regulating nearly 40 percent more slot machines and roughly 2,600 more casino employees with 5 percent less funding."
Rendell said such a "significant" budget cut will make it difficult to fill existing vacancies, make new hires and regulate new facilities effectively.