A bill is currently going in front of congress that would allow new casinos to
open. The new casinos will be larger in scale and include more than the current
poker rooms. Being dubbed, destination casinos, each of the purposed 5 casinos
would operate Vegas style gaming. The purposed casinos would offer guest slot
machines and table games.
A study was done last year regarding the potential tax revue that the state
could receive if destination casinos were opened. The report of the results were
released last Tuesday and was presented to the Regulated Industries Committee.
Covering 13 other states that currently operate full scale casinos, the report
showed Louisiana's annual revenue as $500 million. Pennsylvania receives $1
billion annually. The report also showed an increase in employment. Job creation
could equal a total of 35,000 new jobs for all new casinos built.
This would include an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 new jobs at each casino.
Several of the games that would be offered are not permitted by the state.
Therefore state legislation would also have to change to allow for certain types
of gaming. Currently it is estimated a 50/50 split on approval for the new
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