Governor Wants to Regulate, Tax Skill Games To Pay For Education
(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Josh Shapiro is floating the idea of regulating and taxing skill games to help pay for new education spending. Skill games look like slot machines and can be found in bars, restaurants, and convenience stores all over the state. A commonwealth court ruled last year that games are not currently subject to regulation or taxation under Pennsylvania's Gaming Act, because gameplay involves some level of skill, rather than pure chance. The governor is proposing a 42 percent tax on daily gross revenue from these terminals. He says that would raise about 150-million-dollars for in the next fiscal year.