Pennsylvania Ready to Discuss Online Gaming FinallyPublished October 20, 2015 by Elana K
Pennsylvanian lawmakers are finally ready to move forward with the state budget, after a 100-day stalemate. And moving forward means discussing all possible tax streams, including online gambling.
Pennsylvania is finally ready to make a move. After a budget stalemate that has lasted months, both Republican and Democratic officials are ready to move forward. And this means talking about online gambling.
The stalemate came to an end when the House voted against Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed tax plan, which would have increased the state’s personal income tax from3.07% to 3.57%. The vote was 127-73, with no Republican votes in favor of the plan, and even nine of the governor’s fellow Democrats voting against it.
100 days have passed since the first budget deadline, which is why both parties are ready to show some flexibility and to discuss the expansion of gambling as a significant revenue source. Since his proposal was vetoed, the governor has also said that he is open to discussing different tax options.
Pennsylvania lawmakers have been debating the expansion of gambling for quite a while, but the last time it was discussed openly was in June 2015. Then, lawmakers were divided on a number of important issues, including the tax rate and how it would actually be implemented. One of the biggest advantages mentioned was additional revenue for the government, which currently stands at a $1.2 billion budget deficit.
Online Gambling in the United States
Currently, there are three states that have legalized online gambling: Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. At the same time that these individual states are successfully regulating online gambling, the federal government is debating whether to ban online gambling altogether. RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, is a bill that would ban online gambling at a federal level, even in those states that have already legalized it. But online gambling supporters are fighting it tooth and nail, and quite successfully, for the time being. Their main argument is that RAWA is illegal, and essentially tramples over states’ rights.