Simms said he would like to see the Legislature discuss table gaming taxation and the annual fee before the regular session ends in April.
"That $2.5 million that we pay ends up going to different charitable groups. We are absolutely not trying to take money from those organizations that we are glad to support,'' he said. "All we are asking for is to have a discussion to see if there is any way the Legislature can revisit this issue.''
"Our people have been through so much here, with floods and various other challenges along the way. The least I can do for them before I leave is to try to find a solution to this problem so we can keep the table games going,'' he said.
Wheeling Island has not made any decision regarding table games. The racetrack's table gambling license expires July 13.