$10 Million Bill for New Slot Machines
A bill that would designate nearly $10 million to aiding casinos in buying new slot machines has passed through the House Finance Committee. West Virginia casinos claim that they are having difficulty competing with other casinos in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio who have newer slot machines.
Jackson County Delegate Mitch Carmichael argued against the bill, stating that “The rest of West Virginia businesses are under stress… we’re not doing anything to help them.” He also wonders why we should give state resources to a profitable business to start with.
Greenbrier County Delegate Tom Campbell supports the bill and claims that “Gaming revenue has helped us maintain our financial stability, including and improved credit rating.” He also said that “The dollars are important for reinvestment for these facilities to invest in the needed capital equipment needed to maintain their revenues.”
If the House plans to pass the bill it must do so by the end of the day Saturday, the day that the regular legislative session ends.
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