Proposed hotel tax increase could hurt chances of Pittsburgh's proposed Sports Commission

Proposed hotel tax increase could hurt chances of Pittsburgh's proposed Sports Commission

The latest effort by lawmakers in Harrisburg to balance this year’s state budget via a five percent hotel tax increase could hurt the chances of a long-sought after Pittsburgh Sports Commission, said Pittsburgh officials Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Sports Commission is part of an economic development strategy between VisitPittsburgh, the city’s official tourism promotion agency, the Sports Exhibition Authority, with support from the Peduto administration and City Council to recruit major sporting events to the city.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

The House Gaming Oversight Committee held a marathon hearing Monday that examined a proposal that would legalize video gaming terminals (VGTs) as a means to produce revenue for the Commonwealth and local governments.

 

The proposal—currently enshrined in House Bill 1010, which is sponsored by Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)—would legalize the machines that host slot-machine-like games and allow them to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. 

Monday, May 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) discusses legalization of VGTs in bars and taverns

Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) discusses legalization of VGTs in bars and taverns

Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) joined The PLS Reporter to discuss his thoughts on legalizing video gaming terminals (VGTs) in bars and taverns.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators Monday introduced legislation that would legalize and tax the operation of video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania.

 

Under the legislation, VGTs—which host slot-machine-like games—would be allowed to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. Current estimates place the number of potentially eligible entities at around 12,000.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Allegheny County delegation discusses top priorities for upcoming legislative session

As the 2015-16 legislative session comes to a close, members of Allegheny County's state legislative delegation are looking ahead to next session and their top legislative priorities for the region.

At the top of that list is resolving the local share tax portion of state gaming legislation that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dubbed unconstitutional in September. Without this portion of the law, Pittsburgh and the county would stand to lose an annual $10 million contribution from its casino. 
Monday, November 21, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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