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Senate Passes Casino Break

Bill moves to House for consideration of $1M fee reduction

April 4, 2013

WHEELING — Following a spirited Wednesday floor debate, 23 West Virginia senators outvoted 10 opponents to lower the annual table gambling fees for the state’s four casinos from $2.5 million to $1....

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Apr-07-13 5:19 PM

I don't think that they should get any beak unless they agree to keep the 105 employees positions filled for every year the break stays in place. My guess is even if they get the tax and fee breaks half of these people will be let go any way. if they say it's about the 105 jobs hold them to it.

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Apr-04-13 8:02 PM

Brian, you're right that it's about profits but it will still affect jobs. This sounds like the tax is specific to table games. If the casinos drop the table games, then they don't pay that tax, but they also put 105 people out of work.

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Apr-04-13 3:45 PM

The minimum wage for tipped workers is just $2.13 an hour because the rest is made up for with tips. Does Wheeling pay at of near this $2.13 minimum, or do they pay better than that?

I want people to have jobs regardless of whether some of them live outside WV borders as cigarbob mentions, but the idea that this is about jobs is rediculous. If the casino figures they can remove the table games and make more by putting slots in their place then they wouldn't hesitate to lay of the workers in that scenario. Big corporations like this care about profits, not jobs.

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Apr-04-13 2:50 PM

Thank you Rltomkinson for pointing that out. I must of not had enough caffiene yet to reason that way. Let me point this out, dealers make minimum wage. They rely on tips for the rest

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Apr-04-13 12:36 PM

CigarBob, You are mixing up the numbers of Senators at Federal level and State level. WV has two senators at the Federal level and 33 at the state level.

Personally, I think Pendleton County could use the casino. There's not much in the way of good paying jobs in the county.

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Apr-04-13 10:09 AM

It is unfortunate and unlikely that this bill will pass in the House.

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Apr-04-13 9:32 AM

First of all, each state has 2 senators for a total of 100.How did West Virginia end up with 33? Great job editor.Second,the 105 jobs we keep hearing about. I know for a fact that most of those employees,especially the table game managers(pit Bosses) live in Ohio and PA. So,West Virginia is giving a tax break to a company whose employees mostly live in other states. The state taxes for these employees are paid to Ohio and PA. Aren't we generous

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Apr-04-13 8:20 AM

OMG! Are you serious? What a bunch of fkng fools. STOP GAMBLING! PUT THESE A-H0LES OUT OF BUSINESS. We reduced fees???? How many hundreds of millions of dollars do these people need? How many citizens have to suffer and continue to be fed this addiction?

Boycott all gaming/gambling/addiction.

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Apr-04-13 7:27 AM

and the rest of us are struggling too.mismanagement.

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