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Parx, Sands get millions back after challenging Pennsylvania law

April 26, 2019 - 5:38 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says the state must refund millions of dollars to two successful casinos in our region.

The Sands in Bethlehem and Parx in Bensalem had filed suit in 2017. They claimed that a law calling for profitable casinos to pay into a special fund which would benefit under-performing casinos, was unconstitutional.

The law required all casinos in the state to pay a percentage of slot machine revenue into the Casino Marketing and Capitol Development Account, or CMCD. 

The Sands and Parx claimed the law violated the state constitution which called for uniform taxation, and violated the federal constitution which calls for Equal Protection. 

The Supreme court ruled in favor of the casinos, and funds which had been in the CMCD for fiscal year 2017-to 2018 will be refunded back to Sands and Parx.