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.
He added that if the legislature approves table games they should couple with the bill a supplemental appropriation for the Gaming Control Board to "insure the integrity of any expansion."
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