NY State Budget Includes Tax Relief for Upstate Casinos, Protecting Thousands of Union Workers

April 7, 2021 5:31 PM

Our Union has been urging the New York State Senate and Assembly to adopt several measures to protect casino workers as part of the 2021 State Budget. Over the last several weeks, hundreds of HTC members contacted their Assembly Members asking them to protect good, union casino jobs. The budget was finalized on April 6th and our Union is pleased to announce that it includes vital protections for over 3,000 HTC members in upstate casinos. 

del Lago Resort & Casino, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, and Resorts World Catskills will now be able to apply for a 5-year slot tax reduction that would bring their slot tax rate down to 30% (from as high as 45%). This significant cut will help these employers recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and protect thousands of good, union jobs in the Upstate casinos.

A second provision that would have expanded table games licenses for Downstate casinos was not included in this year’s budget. The provision failed to pass due to controversy within the state Legislature over who would have the final say over how these licenses were awarded. Conversations about expanding table games Downstate will be ongoing, and our Union will continue to advocate for Empire City Casino and Resorts World New York City to receive full-scale casino licenses, allowing them to create more good, union jobs and increase revenues.

“I’d like thank all of our members who took the time to contact their state legislators,” said HTC President Rich Maroko. “Our union’s direct engagement of elected officials was an absolutely critical component in our ability to protect thousands of irreplaceable upstate casino jobs.”