STOP GAMING EXPANSION
Some lawmakers want to add up to 85,000 illegal slot machines (some called “skill games”, others called “VGTs”) to every PA community; in places where our kids gather. It’s a reckless proposal that would hurt kids, seniors, and communities.
Leaders of our state’s minority communities are opposing these proposals, noting that “This is the type of reckless gambling expansion that historically hurts poor and largely minority communities.” And “Regardless of your stance on gambling in general, there is no doubt that video gambling terminals, or VGTs as they are so quaintly called, are predatory against low-income and minority communities.”
The PA State Police have told lawmakers that “These gambling devices remain unregulated and unmonitored” and that “There are no safeguards to prevent minors from gambling such as within our existing licensed casinos.” Illegal slot machines hurt kids. It's simple.
The State Lottery has told lawmakers that proposals to expand gaming could drain more than $600 million a year from programs like Meals on Wheels and prescription drug assistance for seniors.