Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The focus should be on growing these profitable gaming markets rather than trying to dismantle successful assets, state Sen. Wayne Fontana says.
Wednesday, May 8
Throughout its more than 40 years in existence, the Pennsylvania Lottery has funded approximately 75 percent of the state's Department of Aging budget through programs that offer low-cost prescription drugs, free and reduced-fare transit, property tax and rent rebates, long-term living services and senior centers. Today, our Lottery is one of the most profitable in the nation. When Pennsylvania legalized slots gaming in 2004 and expanded to table games in 2010, one of the issues the Legislature faced was how the state's lottery would be affected by these additions to the gambling industry. Recognizing the concerns, a provision was included in Act 71 of 2004 that requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LB&FC) to issue annual …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Hinish, a Baldwin grad, is recovering from the removal of a cancerous tumor.
Kurt Hinish has deep roots in Baldwin-Whitehall. A 1984 graduate of Baldwin High School, Hinish is a volunteer coach for the Baldwin-Whitehall Youth Football Association, and his wife, Tawnie, is a technology teacher for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. Recently, Kurt, 46, had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his colon, and he is facing several months of chemotherapy, severely hampering his ability to work as a self-employed concrete contractor. In response, many members of the B-W community are rallying to help the Hinish family (which includes four children ranging in age from third grade to college-aged) with medical and living expenses in its time of need, starting with a fundraiser at the Getaway Cafe in Baldwin Township…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Smith's jurisdiction includes Whitehall Borough.
Pennsylvania Sen. Matthew H. Smith, a Democrat whose jurisdiction includes Whitehall Borough, has been appointed to several key Senate committees, including the Finance Committee, Smith's office announced in a news release on Tuesday. The Finance Committee oversees matters relating to taxation and will likely take up several key legislative issues in the coming months, including potential changes to the Small Games of Chance Law (Act 2 of 2011), lottery privatization, and pension items, the release states. "As we consider legislation on important issues, my priority is to make sure that lottery-supported programs for seniors are protected," Smith said. "I look forward to reviewing all proposals on these important issues but remain …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
This week, some state House Democrats voiced their opposition to Gov. Corbett's plan to award a contract to privatize the lottery to Camelot Group—with no other bidders in the running.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is one of the most successful and well-managed state lotteries in the nation. Last year, the PA Lottery had annual sales in excess of $3.2 billion and, according to House Democrats, has held administrative costs to record lows of just over 2 percent. According to DailyFinance.com, Pennsylvania State Lottery has steered $20.6 billion to a variety of causes since it began, but its profits have primarily been funneled into an elderly benefits fund. This fund includes subsidies for transportation, tax rebates and Medicare. As of last year, about 61 percent of the annual ticket sales go to prizes, 30 percent goes to the state and the rest is for expenses. That's a higher percentage of prize return than most other states…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Where to buy a Powerball ticket in Baldwin-Whitehall and the odds of winning the jackpot.
The historic Powerball jackpot rose to a record $500 million on Tuesday, and many Baldwin-Whitehall residents are expected to purchase a ticket on Wednesday—if they haven't already. According to this Pennsylvania Lottery Web page, there are quite a few places to purchase a Powerball ticket in Baldwin-Whitehall. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6. The chance of winning the $500 million jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510. The Powerball is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Ticket sales are cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw. Each ticket costs $2. Good luck. You'll need it! --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Friday, November 9, 2012
State officials release terms for the potential agreement—which calls for a $150 million upfront payment to the state—in an announcement today.
The state Department of Revenue on Friday announced key terms of a potential private management agreement for the Pennsylvania Lottery. Such an agreement would turn over some unspecified duties of managing the lottery to a private company, which would pay the state up front but then would be compensated for its work. State officials earlier this year began looking at privatizing the lottery as a way of maximizing its revenue. According to a release, key terms of the agreement would include: Now that the scope and terms of a management contract have been determined, a multi-agency team is exploring private management and is reviewing the business plans of qualified bidders. Those business plans will include each qualified bidder’s proposal …
Friday, August 17, 2012
A fun space in Baldwin Borough welcomes area seniors five days per week.
There seldom are things more serious than bingo. At least, that's what I learned after calling a few games at the Leland Resource Center on Thursday afternoon. You could hear a pin drop, even as I cracked a great joke about "B12" also being my favorite vitamin. But the place had been plenty noisy since around 9:30 when the doors opened. Local seniors came in to play cards, chew the fat and chew lunch. The bingo started at noon, as it does every Thursday at the fun space in south Baldwin Borough—right after mealtime. Thursday, as it turns out, is typically the Leland Resource Center's busiest day, and around 45 people showed up to take advantage of services offered there by LifeSpan—a Homestead Borough-based organization that provides, as …
Monday, July 16, 2012
'It's the ultimate Pittsburgh sports package.' — Dennis Gilfoyle, president of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and a Baldwin Borough resident.
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, is sponsoring another raffle where the prize is a grown-up version of the "Golden Ticket." Junior Achievement has again assembled an extraordinary prize for Pittsburgh sports fans, as the winner of this fundraiser—determined by the Pennsylvania Lottery's evening Big 4 number on Aug. 30—will receive a pair of tickets to each of the following attractions: Raffle tickets will be sold by Junior Achievement through Aug. 30 for $50 each. "It's the ultimate Pittsburgh sports package," said Dennis Gilfoyle, president of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and a Baldwin Borough resident. Each ticket …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
'(Mass transit agencies) could divert the money they would otherwise pay on their debt, and instead, use the funds to maintain services.' - Harry Readshaw
Thursday, March 1, 2012
With still more cuts in subsidies to mass transit looming in the next Pennsylvania budget, state Rep. Harry A. Readshaw, a Democrat whose 36th Legislative District includes parts of Baldwin and Whitehall boroughs, is preparing to re-introduce a bill (first introduced by Readshaw in 2005) that would authorize a lottery specifically to assist municipal mass transit operations. The proposal is for a lottery to be conducted 12 times per year. After prizes and costs, all remaining revenue from the $5 tickets would go toward repaying the debt incurred on bonds issued for mass transit development. "By taking off some bond repayment load from the mass transit agencies," Readshaw said, "they could divert the money they would otherwise pay on their …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Location is the key for this food-stop in Whitehall Borough.
As the old saying goes: location, location, location. "I knew that if it was done right, it could be great," Julie Mancine thought to herself as she saw a vacancy develop at Caste Village Commons in Whitehall Borough in mid-2010. "It was a potential goldmine." Mancine, a Whitehall native and resident who graduated from Baldwin High School in 1987, frequented the former Gallery of Treats shop at Caste Village while she was growing up and is now the owner of Julie's Treats at the same location. Gallery of Treats closed around July 2010, and Mancine rented the vacant space smack in the middle of Caste Commons—the inside "mall area" of Caste Village—about two months later. "Growing up, I was always at Caste Village," she said. "When Gallery of…