Pence keeps up opposition to land-based casinos

August 21, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he remains opposed to allowing more land-based casinos in Indiana despite a push from Evansville officials worried about declining revenue from the city's riverboat.

Evansville City Council President John Friend told Pence during a public meeting Wednesday that that Tropicana Evansville could potentially spend $100 million on a new facility if it was allowed to move from its Ohio River dock.

City officials expect a $600,000 decline in tax revenues from Tropicana for next year, The Evansville Courier & Press reported.

Pence said he has "no interest" in expanding gambling in Indiana, but wants to keep the status quo.

“I have no interest in expanding gaming in Indiana, but also it’s not my aim to reduce the role of gaming in our state budget or in our state’s overall economy,” Pence said.

Many Indiana casinos have sought permission for in-land sites for several years amid greater competition from surrounding states, but haven't been successful in the General Assembly.

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