In the short term, that means passing Prezioso's temporary discount on the licensing fee to keep the table games at Wheeling Island, at least for now.
The Senate went along with the plan, but it faces an uncertain future in the House of Delegates. There's less job security for House members who have to run every two years, and many will be sensitive to voting for a tax break for gambling, even if it's comparatively small.
While the bill, if passed, is a one-year fix, it's not a permanent solution.
Prezioso wants a study to quantify how the gambling landscape has changed in the last decade and, more specifically, what the tax rates are that casinos in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania pay compared with West Virginia.
The gambling lobbyists believe that study will show the West Virginia tax rates are higher. If so, that will lay the groundwork for legislation next year restructuring the racinos' deal with the state.
That's going to be a tough call for the governor and the Legislature.
Do nothing and the state's casinos may wither on the vine, dramatically decreasing revenue to the state. However, if the state helps the casinos by lowering the tax rate, it will help the operations remain in business, a move that's a political winner only in districts where the casinos are located.
No wonder Prezioso looked like a guy caught between a rock and a hard place.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.