Grand jury report examines SugarHouse’s affect on neighborhood

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will meet Thursday to consider a license renewal for Fishtown’s SugarHouse Casino. What’s sure to come up at the public meeting is a grand jury report released last month that says the PGCB might not have the public’s best interests at heart.

     

    In part, the report says the PGCB “failed thoroughly to protect the public from unlawful gaming practices; failed to maximize potential new revenue to the commonwealth to support property tax relief; allowed licensees to participate as a matter of right without requiring the minimum affirmative responsibilities on their part; and, otherwise engaged in activities which eroded, at a minimum, this grand jury’s confidence in the system.”

    NewsWorks partner Philadelphia Weekly has more details on the report and what opponents and supporters of SugarHouse have to say about the casino’s affects on the neighborhood.

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