How gambling in bars is holding up a budget deal for Pa.By Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial BoardOctober 11, 2017 at 3:36 amThe budget stalemate in Pennsylvania isn’t about taxing gas extraction. That’s not going to happen this year.It isn’t about getting the state out of the liquor business. The State Stores workers’ union is too strong.Nor is it about weakening Gov. Wolf heading into next year’s election. That mission has been accomplished.It’s about expanding legalized gambling to include video machines at social clubs and bars. And the state’s top institutions of higher learning have become part of the table stakes in the game.That became clear when the legislature took its week-long Columbus Day recess without funding the four state-supported institutions of higher learning: Penn State, Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln. Without that cash, the schools may raise tuition.Questioned about that possibility, key legislators all began singing the same song, saying that if only a gambling expansion bill were passed, the universities would have nothing to worry about.House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R., Indiana) said the Senate, despite its leaders’ stated commitment, still hadn’t passed the House’s gambling bill. “That commitment’s only been out there for a year, year and a half, now,” he complained.