Pa.’s gambling expansion is high-stakes for towns such as Bensalem, host to Parx Casino

April 2, 2018 GMT

By Staff

It was in Bensalem Township that then-Gov. Ed Rendell signed Pennsylvania’s casino gambling bill into law. At the site of what is now Parx Casino, in the winner’s circle of a fading racetrack, casinos began in 2004 as a “historic” initiative to bring money to the declining horse-racing industry and tax revenue to the state.

Fourteen years later, the promised revenue has come, the Pennsylvania gambling industry is second only to Nevada’s, and the Bensalem budget has been among the big winners. Parx, built up around that racetrack, is the state’s most successful casino.

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