July 3, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled House and Senate left the Capitol building Friday - possibly for the entire holiday weekend - without having resolved how they are going to pay for the $31.5 billion budget they have sent to Gov. Wolf. After hours of closed-door talks, leaders in the chambers sent their members home, a sign that they are still wrangling among themselves and with the Democratic governor over how much in new revenue is necessary - and what taxes are needed to raise it - to bolster the spending plan they approved with impressive majorities earlier in the week.
June 2, 2016
LAST WEEK, we suggested creating a bipartisan commission to mediate the ongoing fight between Gov. Wolfe and the Republican-controlled Legislature over state spending and taxes. The commission would be charged with studying the state's spending habits and tax policies and recommend sensible ways to bring in enough money to sustain government operations and meet the mandates for subsidizing local governments and public schools. Our argument was that, without a third party to call a timeout on the partisan war, the Legislature and the governor will remain at loggerheads.
October 23, 2015 |
The Pennsylania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved an expansion at Parx Casino in Benesalem, that will add 268 slot machines and boost annual revenue by and estimated $15 million to $20 million. Parx, which is owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., had $507.6 million in gambling revenue in the 12 months ended June 30, ranking second in Pennsylvania behind Sands Bethlehem. A portion of the expansion, which will increase Parx's gaming floor 15 percent by expanding into space that is currently unused, will be ready to open Nov. 5, Parx officials told Gaming Board members.
October 22, 2015 |
Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. plans to expand the gaming floor at Parx Casino, in Bensalem, by 15 percent, to 176,592 square feet, if it gets approval at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's meeting Wednesday in Harrisburg. The plan calls for adding 220 slot machines, a 6.7 percent increase, according to Greenwood's petition filed last month. The number of table games would increase to 182 from 168, or 8 percent. A Parx spokeswoman did not respond to a request for additional information, such as how much Greenwood will spend on the expansion and how long it will take.
September 28, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - The first sign we've arrived on a strange planet is the presence of slot machines in the airport. Lined up in welcome, they emit cheerful blips and beeps and colorful flashes. The kids notice them immediately, forbidden video games that might, if you're lucky, spit money. "Why are they here?" they ask. "Because gambling is legal in Nevada," I explain. "So people get off the plane and play right away?" "Some," I say with a glance at my husband, who still can't believe I arranged a family trip to Las Vegas.
June 12, 2015 |
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.
May 28, 2015 |
MARY JACKSON was a woman of many talents, most of them directed at helping others. Such as her skill with herbal remedies. You have an angry liver? Mary had a remedy. Constipation? Ditto. Respiratory problem? Drink her concoction and you'll breathe easier. Mary wasn't a doctor, but she had made a serious study of herbal medication. She didn't claim cures, but her remedies made sufferers feel better. Mary Elizabeth Crawford Allen Jackson, a 32-year employee in the payroll department of the companies that owned the Daily News and Inquirer, a devoted churchwoman, dedicated traveler and loving family matriarch, died May 14 of cancer.
April 7, 2015 |
Shirley Resnick, 85, of Haverford, a retired elementary schoolteacher and mother of three with a wide circle of friends and a lifelong passion for early-childhood learning, died Saturday, April 4, after a year-and-a-half-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Mrs. Resnick remained active until nearly the end and continued her weekly reading sessions with students at Stratford Friends School until just recently, said her daughter, Rhonda Cohen. Mrs. Resnick's son-in-law, David Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp.
January 11, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In another blow to the state's struggling horse racing industry, the owner of Atlantic City Race Course announced it will cease operations and close permanently after heavy losses the last eight years. The racetrack's last day of business for simulcasting will be Friday. The closure leaves New Jersey with three operating horse tracks - Meadowlands, Freehold, and Monmouth. "We regret to announce that we must close Atlantic City Race Course immediately due to continuous business decline in the industry, the current regional economic climate, and the absence of alternative revenue opportunities," Joe Wilson, president of Greenwood ACRA Inc., owner and operator of the track, said in a statement Friday.
September 4, 2014 |
When Trump Plaza closes in two weeks, Atlantic City casinos will have 17,413 slot machines, fewer than half the total when Atlantic City's gambling revenue peaked at $5.2 billion in 2006. The 52 percent decline - from 36,620 in 2006 - in slot machines tops the overall 48 percent decline in slots revenue since 2006, based on results for the year ended July 31. So does that mean there's been enough bloodshed and no more Atlantic City casinos have to close? It's impossible to say if there will be enough business for the eight casinos that will remain when Trump Plaza closes after 30 years, putting its 1,020 employees out of work, according to one expert.