Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Slots move to the front

Governor O'Malley's administration released a "pro" slot machine report yesterday. This has made front page news in the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post. The report by Thomas Perez appears to be the first real move by the administration to reignite the slot debate. Perez visited parking lots at gambling facilities in neighboring states looking for Maryland license plates. This study as well as other research has led to him estimating that Maryland is losing $150 million in tax revenue by not having slot machines. The report also makes an interesting correlation between slot machines and suburban sprawl. He feels that slots would prop up horse racing, which occupies rural land, hence preventing rural land development. They are pulling out all the stops now. I guess the Governor is going at this from all angles.


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