Indiana’s gaming industry would get help from the state under legislation passed by the Senate on Monday.
The Senate-approved legislation would allow live table games in racinos, allow riverboats to move their facilities on land and reduce the amount of gaming revenues going to local communities. The state would then use that money for tax credits for the casinos.
But Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) says that plan hurts communities that are already suffering.
“I think it’s unfair. I think the state is reneging on a deal,” he says.
But Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) says Indiana’s casinos need help as they face competition from all the surrounding states.
“We can lose, or expect to lose anywhere from $60 million to $100 million a year in revenue to the state of Indiana just by doing nothing,” he says.
Boots pledged to continue working on the bill as it moves through the legislative process. The bill passed 32 to 18 and heads to the House.