Rendell flips on Philly's casino money

April 20, 2009 12:29:37 PM PDT
Gov. Ed Rendell no longer supports cutting off Philadelphia from the state's slot-machine gambling revenues.

Rendell said through a spokesman Monday that he believes there's been enough progress toward building two licensed casinos in Philadelphia to make such a law unnecessary.

Pennsylvania's gambling revenues help cut taxes and build civic development projects.

But legislation is on the move anyway.

A state Senate committee voted 10-to-4 Monday to cut off Philadelphia from any gaming revenues that support civic development projects.

Last month, Rendell said he would sign such a bill out of frustration with political opposition to the construction of SugarHouse Casino and Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia.

But Philadelphia officials now support changes in the casinos' plans.

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