HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court is striking down a provision of 2017’s sprawling state law expanding casino-style gambling, saying a tax on higher-revenue casinos to provide cash grants to help market and improve lower-performing casinos is unconstitutional.
The state Supreme Court on Friday agreed with a challenge by Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, invalidating the tax and ordering the money repaid.READ MORE: Man Involved In High-Speed Police Chase In Penn Hills Wanted After Walking Out Of UPMC Mercy Hospital
Sands Casino argued the provision violated various parts of the state constitution and the U.S. constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses.READ MORE: 'I Don’t Know If You Overcome It': Caitlyn Kaufman's Mother Recalls Losing Her Daughter In Nashville Road Rage Shooting
Based on 2017-18 revenues, Mount Airy Casino Resort and Presque Isle Downs and Casino were to get $4 million each, with smaller amounts going to three other casinos. Seven casinos wouldn’t receive anything.
Chief Justice Tom Saylor writes that the benefit received and the burden imposed make it unconstitutional.MORE NEWS: FDA Authorizes Pfizer's Coronavirus Vaccine For Children 12 To 15 Years Old
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