If Murphy wants money from slots to go to the new hockey arena, then that is good enough reason to object to the concept.
KDKA: Pittsburgh Task Force Not Firm on Slots Money for Arena The two most powerful politicians in Pittsburgh agree that some revenue from a slot machine parlor to be located in the city should be used to build a new arena for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But the task force charged with studying the idea says there's no consensus on how the money should be used.
Mayor Tom Murphy and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato are both pushing the new arena proposal.
But the Pittsburgh Gaming Task Force, which is studying the impact of the standalone slots parlor to be built in the city, says there are too many options on how to use the city's share of those revenues to commit to arena funding.
The group is supposed to issue its recommendations on the project -- and how to use the local revenues -- by November.
The standalone slots parlor should NOT be built in the city. Rather we should have the new parlor operators purchase the Pittsburgh Convention Center. Then the slots income could begin in earnest at the close of the 2006 MLB (Major League Baseball) All-Star Game.
It makes no sense to wait while a new casino is built. We have a suitable building that is sitting empty that can be a great site for the casino in the short-and-long term.