PENNSYLVANIA -- As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Consumers may be
cutting back on buying new clothes or going out to eat, but they haven't scaled
back their gambling appetite in Pennsylvania.
"Despite economists' conclusion last week that the United States has been in a
recession since December 2007, six of seven casinos in Pennsylvania had nearly a
13 percent increase in revenue last month compared with the year-ago period.
"November slots revenue was $114.7 million, up from $101.6 million in November
2007. The seventh casino, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in
Grantville, opened in February and is not accounted for in the revenue increase.
"...Taxpayers are sharing in the joy. Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, all seven
casinos contributed $1.32 billion - 55 percent of their total $2.4 billion take
- to state coffers, officials said. The money is then plowed into expansion of
the Convention Center in Philadelphia, as well as county budgets and local
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