Pennsylvanians For Responsible Government Launches Campaign Against VGT Neighborhood ‘Casinos’
HARRISBURG – Today, Pennsylvanians for Responsible Government launched an aggressive and comprehensive campaign over multiple platforms to raise public awareness regarding Harrisburg politicians attempt to legalize video game terminals (VGT’s) and create 12,000 ‘casinos’ in every corner of the Commonwealth.
Pennsylvanians for Responsible Government spokesman Mike Barley released the following statement, “HB 1010 would create over 12,000 ‘casinos’ and put nearly 40,000 video blackjack and poker machines in delis, restaurants, bars, pizza parlors, social clubs and even nursing homes. This proposal would destroy the brick-and-mortar casino industry and risk the nearly $1.4 billion in tax revenues that these establishments generate annually. Worse yet, because VGT’s are designed to operate without employees, the 18,000 people casinos collectively employ in Pennsylvania will be put in serious jeopardy. VGT’s will be a loser for the casino industry, the employees who depend on them for employment and their families, and most of all the Pennsylvania taxpayers.”
Today, Pennsylvanians for Responsible Government launched a website, www.12000pacasinos.com. The website includes information regarding the many negative impacts that will result from the implementation of VGT’s and a map that shows the locations where the 12,000 blackjack and poker facilities can potentially be located. Additionally, the map includes red dots that indicate nursing home locations that are currently able to have VGT machines.
Pennsylvanians for Responsible Government is spending over $1 million on an aggressive, multi-platform campaign informing the public about the real consequences of VGT’s by advertising on television and online throughout the Commonwealth. Pennsylvanians for Responsible Government is being supported by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and other brick and mortar casino entities operating in Pennsylvania who are concerned about the impact this will have on their businesses and the hardworking people they employ.
According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the gaming industry in Pennsylvania collectively generates $1.4 billion in tax revenue annually and employees 18,000 people. (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Press Release, “Total PA Casino Gaming Revenue Tops $3.2 Billion in 2016,” 1.17.17)