Pennsylvania Gov. Denies Proposal for Riverboat Gambling

Tuesday, September 07, 1999
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge all but completely shut the door on a proposal by state Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia), to legalize riverboat gaming in Philadelphia as a way to raise funds for city schools and the construction of new sports stadiums. Ridge said he "remains firm in my long-held position that approval of a statewide referendum should precede any expanion of gambling in the state." The governor said Evans should work to build a consensus among his House colleagues for a statewide referendum on the gambling issue.

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