Gross revenues from slot machines at the state's 11 casinos were down 4.4 percent in October compared to the same month in 2011, when there was one less casino.
State officials were, of course, very quick to blame the downtown in revenue on closings prompted by the presence of Hurricane Sandy in eastern Pennsylvania.
And that's a legitimate point.
But the other legitimate point is that, no matter what the revenues total, they aren't doing what they were touted to do when the slots proposal was forced down the throats of Pennsylvanians several years ago.
We were promised significant reductions, if not elimination, of local school taxes due to slots revenues.
The numbers made that an outlandish premise then and it's still an outlandish premise now.