Pennsylvania still working on gambling expansion


Tom Wolf said that lawmakers are still working towards the legalisation of online gaming industry.

The state governor said that real work is being done on the online gaming issue.

US.- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said that lawmakers are still working towards the legalisation of the online gaming industry in the state. During a Facebook Live segment, the politician said that even if the industry gets legalised, it would not steal the attention from other gambling modalities.

“The deal is that whatever we do on this enhanced gaming, it should not take business away from our casinos or the lottery. Otherwise why would we do it? Because we’re already getting revenues from that. It should be something that could be implemented cleanly, and the oversight we could do without being really that intrusive,” he said. The governor expressed that there are a lot of details that have to go into the subject, but he knows that other states have done online poker successfully, and that they need to keep learning what they can from the states that legalised the markets.

Earlier this month, Wolf announced that he included a US$250 million expansion in his budget proposal for next fiscal year. The Democratic governor presented his ideas to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Whilst Pennsylvania is currently facing a US$3 billion budget deficit, this year the proposal could face an optimistic future since Wolf announced that his budget includes US$100 million produced by the gaming expansion, along with an extra US$150 million fund collected in those twelve months.