Rendell: Cut Philadelphia out? No dice!

    A measure barring Philadelphia from sharing gaming revenue until its casinos are up and running has cleared a Senate committee. But Governor Rendell says he no longer supports the bill.

    A measure barring Philadelphia from sharing gaming revenue until its casinos are up and running has cleared a Senate committee. But Governor Rendell says he no longer supports the bill.

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    Last month, Governor Rendell said he’d consider signing legislation keeping Philadelphia from sharing in the state’s Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund until its two casinos were functional.

    Rendell said he was frustrated by the multiple delays faced by SugarHouse Casino and Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia.

    A measure sponsored by Erie County Republican Jane Earll would do just that, but Rendell’s spokesman, Chuck Ardo, says dynamics have changed since the governor made that statement.

    Ardo: While we understand the continuing frustration expressed by the legislators, we believe there’s been progress made in Philadelphia, and that the legislation is unnecessary at this point.

    The bill passed through the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee by a 10-4 vote.

    Both casinos now have the support of Mayor Michael Nutter, though grassroots opposition continues.

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