Twenty Percent Tax on Games of Chance May Be Spending Plan's Toughest Sell

By Bumsted, Brad | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 2, 2009 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Twenty Percent Tax on Games of Chance May Be Spending Plan's Toughest Sell


Bumsted, Brad, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


HARRISBURG -- Volunteer fire companies and social clubs, called the "heart and soul" of Western Pennsylvania communities, would face a 20 percent tax on the profits of punch boards, raffles and other small games of chance under a budget agreement that could be voted on by the Legislature later this week.

It could prove to be one of the most controversial items in the $27.9 billion budget for Western Pennsylvania lawmakers.

"Of all places to raise revenue, they've had setbacks from the smoking ban and the opening of casinos. We're having a tough time keeping the fire departments going," said Rep. Nick Kotik of Coraopolis, leader of the so-called Blue Dog caucus, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats from the western part of the state. "It's a tough pill to swallow."

Kotik held out the possibility that some Western Pennsylvania Democrats won't vote for the budget because of it.

Chuck Schubert, a member of McKees Rocks Elks No. 1263, said enough is enough. The small amount of money raised by the club through games of chance isn't going to help close the budget hole.

"We ought to pay those people (lawmakers) to stay home. We have enough laws and enough taxes," Schubert said.

Details on the tax, like the overall budget agreement, are vague. Gov. Ed Rendell said he and legislative leaders were holding back information until all members can be informed. "I'm only getting bits and pieces," Kotik said.

According to Senate Republican lawyer Andrew Crompton: The new 20 percent tax will be levied on the profits of small games of chance, which include punch boards, so-called pull tabs and raffle tickets.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Twenty Percent Tax on Games of Chance May Be Spending Plan's Toughest Sell
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?