Oversight committee hears testimony from local leaders on gaming revenue

ERIE, Pa. -- A lengthy public hearing was held Tuesday to address the $11 million in gaming revenue for the Erie region that is still up in the air.

The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee listened to testimonies from 15 local elected officials and community leaders.

Those individuals addressed the many ways in which Erie benefits from gaming revenue from libraries to community centers and programming for students. They also highlighted the severe repercussions of losing these funds.
       
"You're going to see tax increases, you're going to see agencies and nonprofits go out of business and you're going to see an end to a lot of the economical development projects that are helping us move the economy forward,” executive director of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Perry Wood said.

Lawmakers have until May 26 to fix the local share gaming revenue.


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