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Pennsylvania House Resolution Would Authorize Study of Philadelphia Casino Revenues

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - A state House committee has given preliminary approval to a resolution that would authorize a study of how Philadelphia's share of casino revenues should be spent. But it appears doubtful the measure will get a vote in the full House.

The resolution would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study whether Philadelphia's gaming revenues should continue to be spent on wage tax relief, or be applied for property tax relief instead.

It is sponsored by Democrat Rosita Youngblood, who cites the changes wrought by Mayor Nutter's property tax overhaul.

"Remember, when we first did the gaming act, AVI wasn't around at that time."

But despite the fact that the resolution authorizing the study passed the Republican-controlled Gaming Oversight Committee unanimously, Stephen Miskin – spokesman for the House majority leader – says the desire for wage tax relief is still a big issue.

"A lot of members – Republican and Democrat – as well as constituents have concern [that] one of the facets of the gaming bill was that it was going to bring wage tax relief."

And Miskin says he cannot say when or if the resolution will get a full House vote.

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