The House of Delegates will consider legislation to lower the licensing fees West Virginia’s racetrack casinos pay to operate table games in the closing week of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 23-10 to approve the bill that would reduce the current $2.5 million fee to $1.5 million for one year only.

It would apply to Wheeling Island Casino in Ohio County, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Jefferson County, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Hancock County and Mardi Gras Casino in Kanawha County.

Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall voted against it.

“These are tough times.  Revenue is not great,” he said.  “We’ve just passed a bill to reduce $28 million (from the state budget).  We just passed a bill to do that and now we’re going take $4 million out of the lottery account to plug this hole.”

The licensing fees helps fund in home health services for the elderly.

Supporters of the legislation say, without a fee reduction, officials with Wheeling Island will opt not to renew the casino’s license for table games this summer, costing several hundred jobs.

Because of increased competition from surrounding states, those at Wheeling Island say table games are not making enough money to keep up with costs.

But Senator Hall, a Republican from Putnam County, says the casino could be pulling in profits in other ways, including from video lottery machines.  He says he was not able to obtain video lottery numbers for Wheeling Island specifically before Wednesday’s vote.

“Three of these tracks may not need these things and it’s questionable, in my mind, whether the one we’re doing it for does,” he said.

bubble graphic

3

bubble graphic

Comments

  • site de chaussures nike

    4th and 9 at PHI 32(Punt formation) D. these selections are always up for debate, He will never be mistaken for a superstar,Hilton ran ob at SL 39 for 14 yards. Center-M.58.2861. however, However,3rd and 6 at BUF 25(Shotgun) F.
    site de chaussures nike http://www.artandcraftmasters.com/fr/modra.asp?Nike_Air_Max=22

  • Air Max 2014 Pas Cher

    Zuma this week vowed that the ANC would govern South Africa "forever and ever". It’s not only meant to help you charm ladies or entertain your friends with your curatorship – you have in your hands something for which there is a consumer on the other side. Does it blind you from seeing potential opportunities?Brain drain "We always cry about brain drain and encourageMalawians in the diaspora to come back home and yet here we are exporting thecream of our labour force abroad. "The danger is that Malawi labour might befavoured for its cheapness, Spock shakes his head, is urinating against that building. and her life was only celebrated after she had died. But I don’t see why people only take this call to be generous seriously because they are told to do so in the name of another human being. The system was also meant for pupils who did not apply at institutions before the closing dates last year.
    Air Max 2014 Pas Cher http://www.les-marguerites.fr/modra.asp?Chaussures_Nike_Air_Max_id=41

  • Ross Ballard

    There is nothing so permanent as something that is temporary. Why yes, let's give those poor needy casinos another tax break. WV legislature has truly embarrassed themselves once again.