Posted on Mon, Mar. 31, 2008
The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Republicans are introducing proposals in the House and Senate that would overhaul the way the state’s casino owners are investigated and how casino licenses are awarded.
One element would designate the state attorney general’s office, instead of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s investigative division, to handle background investigations of prospective casino owners, employees and vendors before they can get a license.
“The current gaming law is flawed, and it’s flawed in ways that have proven embarrassing to Pennsylvania,” Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin, who is sponsoring the Senate bill, said Monday.
…about 100 people gathered on the Capitol steps to urge state lawmakers and Gov. Ed Rendell to eliminate Pennsylvania’s highest-in-the-nation diesel fuel tax of 38.1 cents per gallon.
Consumers also pay state taxes of 32.3 cents per gallon on gasoline, 11th highest in the nation.
Federal fuel taxes amount to 18.4 cents per gallon for gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel.
Senator probes Rendell’s ‘favoritism’
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – March 28, 2008
HARRISBURG — When GTECH sought and won a $6.3 million annual contract to run Pennsylvania’s slots computer system in 2003, it turned to Ken Jarin, a key fundraiser for Gov. Ed Rendell and an attorney with the governor’s former law firm.
In an effort this year to secure a multimillion-dollar contract to run online games for the Pennsylvania Lottery, GTECH again turned to that Philadelphia law firm, Ballard Spahr…