in the lame-duck voting session of N.J.'s lame-duck voting session, smoking ban and the Atlantic City casino tax breaks are hotly debated
The Statehouse in Trenton, once again, is a rogue scene where uncertainties and debate over Atlantic City and its casino industry are now a cause of deterrent.
State leaders have stepped in a number of times over the last five years, making controversial changes, in order to help boost business and local government in the oft-struggling seaside gambling resort, which was considered the economic force of South Jersey, most notably.
New Jersey lawmakers are considering a proposal to provide more tax relief to the citys gambling halls in the last weeks of the current legislative session, when state lawmakers are considering a proposal, up to. According to the state Senate President, if it isn't, state lawmakers are currently considering further tax break deals, he added.
Sweeney, D-Gloucester, the national president of the legislation, said in a Senate committee hearing last week that he does not want it to happen.
Others are skeptical of the warning, saying that casino revenue has been up since the epidemic although casino leaders say that the numbers are misleading. Critics also fear the plan will be a gift to gambling halls at the expense of taxpayers.
During the same time, advocates say lawmakers are upset about the proposed concept, although a separate measure has yet to gain popularity after more than a year of lobbying.
Why does't the state of New Jersey care about us? Lamont White, a dealer at the Borgata casino, asked during a rally for the measure to "Why is (the Legislature) focused on tax cuts for the casinos rather than on the health of their workers?"
Both issues are hot topics during the lame-duck voting period before the next state Legislature is sworn in on Jan. 11, a hectic period that often sees lawmakers rush to pass bills so they don't get put to a new number of legislators during the next two-year session.
The tax break plan will be finalized at the statehouse on Monday in the Statehouse by the state Senate and Assembly, but its unclear if the smoking ban will even be put forward for a vote before the session expires.
The tax relief bill () reformed an existing law that allows casinos to make property taxes to Atlantic City, Atlantic County, and the city's school district payments based on the current legislation in 2016 to boost its business earnings.
According to a new report, payments would be reduced by $55 million next year and between $30 million and $65 million in following years through 2026. Under the new measure, payments would be cut by some new payments, but some of that will partially offset that, according to.
The proposal would also exclude two major revenue streams in sports betting and internet gaming revenue from calculation on how much casinos will pay instead of taxes, with casinos still being required to pay the state taxes on internet gambling revenues, online sports betting revenue, and in-person casino revenues.
This comes after the state Division of Gaming Enforcementshowing Atlantic City's casinos, which were fueled by sports betting and online gaming success, won $4.3 billion through the first 11 months of 2021, up nearly 69 percent from the same period last year and 33 percent over the first 11 months of 2019.
But others claim that casinos are in financial position; the state report also shows that in-person gambling is down 5.5% from 2019 levels.
Gaming executives complain that their players don't get all of the profits from sports betting and online gaming because it must be shared between technology firms and sports book partners.
The Casino Association of New Jersey, the trade association representing Atlantic City's gambling halls, urges lawmakers to adopt this bill because in-person gambling revenues are reducing and not going much faster.
The group stated that not being able to adopt the measures will have a further adverse impact on the land-based casinos, which are still recovering from this unprecedented epidemic.
Sweeney, a South Jersey lawmaker who has consistently spearheaded legislation on Atlantic City, stated that casino executives and union officials told him four gambling halls would be "in danger of closing" if the legislation isn't passed. He has not revealed which ones will shutter or provided proof of the claim.
The senator, who was in a bitter situation at the end of the session, says he doesn't want to be in a situation where it's, I told you that place was going to close, and it closed.
Joe Lupo, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey and also president of Atlantic City's Hard Rock casino, told the Daily Mail, but they would need stability that the bill would offer, "and they could be in grave danger. Lupo stated, "in other words, they could be in grave danger.
According to Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of Unite Here, the citys main casino workers union, the measure is vital to prevent thousands of jobs being wiped out. McDevitt stated that casinos already have 20% fewer workers than they did in 2019.
Sue Altman, who is a longtime Sweeney critic of NJ Working Families, said shes a "fed up with the idea New Jersey should be bending over backwards for casinos and other corporate interests" and says she's "fed up with the idea New Jersey should be bending over backwards for casinos and other corporate interests."
"This bill appears like a prize based on an unfounded argument that casinos will go out of business," Altman told NJ Advance Media.
Instead, she suggested, it might be time to find new redevelopment proposals to support Atlantic City.
New Jersey Policy Perspective, a liberal think tank, have had a banner bounce-back year and its time they paid their fair share.
According to Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, a Republican, the bill would probably cost the county at least $5 million per year, and that it may sue to stop it.
Sauf on a recollection, we will have to do what weve done all the time fight for taxpayers of Atlantic County and the next time they get reasonable, Levinson stated.
The measure has been approved by the state Senate and Assembly committees since July, making it easier to pass before Gov. could decide whether to act or veto it. The bill's scheduled for both the Senate and Assembly on Monday.
While the debate rages over the tax proposal, a number of casino workers and anti-smoking advocates have increased their support for a separate, bipartisan bill () that would be released.
Lighting up has been off limits in New Jersey restaurants and bars since 2006, but smoking sections within gambling halls remain exempt, according to opponents. That, according to opponents, is dangerous for casino workers' health.
This issue gained new attention over the last two years, as Murphy appeared during the pandemic, fearing the practice could help COVID-19 to spread.
Obwohl Murphys order expired in July, the Democratic governor claimed he will.
According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, the smoke-free casinos in many other states are smoke-free.
State Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, said he signed on as a sponsor last week as a South Jersey lawmaker.
It is unfair to expect any new york workers to be subjected to carcinogens in the workplace in order to treat casinos as equal to other service industry workers and prohibit smoking in casinos," Moriarty added.
However, casino leaders fear that a permanent ban will financially harm both the industry and the region financially if an expansion occurs.
In a statement earlier this year, the Casino Association of New Jersey stated that "gliding completely nonsmoking would place Atlantic City casinos at a competitive disadvantage than other nearby casinos that allow smoking."
A legislative source said it is also uncertain the bill will have a vote during the lame-duck session if they are not authorized to debate the matter publicly, according to the source, citing their anonymity.
If the measure is not adopted by the end of this legislative session, it would need to be reconstitutional in the next session that begins on January 11.
This report was submitted by The Associated Press.
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