Tavern games not popular with taverns

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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, June 20, 2018:

When the state decided five years ago to allow bars and taverns to expand the number of games of chance in their establishments, it was estimated that about two thousand bars and taverns would seek licenses to offer games such as pull tabs, raffles and daily drawings. 

Those games would return an estimated $93 million to state coffers each year.  Instead, fewer than 50 bars and taverns have licenses and only about one and a half million dollars goes back to the state annually.  What happened?

Tavern owners say the cost of the licenses are too high and they have other concerns as well.

Appearing on Wednesday’s Smart Talk are Chuck Moran, Executive Director, PA Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association and Jim Delisio, owner of Racehorse Tavern in York.

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Chuck Moran and Jim Delisio

Also, the documentary film Justice in Chester airs Thursday night at 8 on WITF-TV.  The film documents the history of the grassroots struggle to stop the clustering of commercial waste facilities in the city of Chester, just south of Philadelphia.  The documentary addresses the issue of environmental justice.

On Wednesday’s Smart Talk we discuss the film and environmental justice with Ulysses Slaughter, program manager for the “Chester Made” project and Dr. Diane Sicotte, author of the book From Workshop to Waste Magnet: Environmental Inequality in the Philadelphia Region.