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.READ MORE: Pennsauken Police Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Killed Shadid Fauntleroy While Crossing Route 130
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.READ MORE: Upper Darby Mayor Unveils Plan To Resolve Battle Over Control Of Summer Stage
“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.”MORE NEWS: Man Robs 16-Year-Old Girl At Knifepoint At SEPTA Station, Police Say
And Miskin says he cannot say when or if the resolution will get a full House vote.