You Tell Us: Do You Support Expanded Gambling?
Patch wants to know where readers stand on expanded gambling and why.
On Nov. 6 when residents go to the polls to vote for president they’ll also be asked to make a decision on a host of ballot referendums.
Among the most controversial of those is Question 7, on whether to allow casinos to add table games, and add an additional casino in Prince George's County.
Do you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education to authorize video lottery operation licensees to operate “table games” as defined by law; to increase from 15,000 to 16,500 the maximum number of video lottery terminals that may be operated in the State; and to increase from 5 to 6 the maximum number of video lottery operation licenses that may be awarded in the State and allow a video lottery facility to operate in Prince George’s County?— Ballot question language
Supporters, which include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O’Malley, argue millions of dollars from Maryland residents are already being spent in nearby states that have table games. They say those dollars should be kept in state by allowing gambling in Maryland, and that those funds will be spent on priorities like education.
Opponents of the question, which includes some local leaders, argue the cost of the social impact of expanded gambling on the state are too great, and that the funds ultimately aren’t dedicated for use on education.
So Patch wants to know whether you support Question 7? Tell us why or why not in the comments section.