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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.  

jeff farrow October 25, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I do not support extended gambling and I will be voting "No" on question 7. As many predicted the approval of slot machines was the camels nose under the tent that allowed the gaming community to argue for table games and a full casino. And in 3-4 years they will make another argument for further expansion and so on and so on.
kris October 25, 2012 at 11:05 PM
against it! don't like that they bundled a 6th casino with gaming tables. I'm for gaming tables, against a 6th casino so close to baltimore and arundel mills
Baltimore Matt October 26, 2012 at 01:13 AM
After watching the ads with the mayor and Jonathan Ogden, I definitely will not be voting for Question 7. Those ads were shot is a way that seemed to bully the public into voting for gambling. What is she trying to say vote for gambling...or else? Why on earth, would a business that has traditionally had connections to the mob create ads that appear to have goons threatening the public to vote for their issue?
AnnKangarouse October 26, 2012 at 01:09 PM
First indication that this is NOT a good deal is when we see SRB and O'Malley pushing for it!
AnnKangarouse October 26, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The city council and mayor would also like us to vote YES to give them access to the following funds as well..... School Loan $34,000,000 Rec & Parks $8,000,000 Community Development $24,000,000 Economic Development $15,800,000 Public Building Loan $17,000,000 Walters Art Museum $300,000 Md Zoo $200,000 Md Science Center $200,000 Baltimore Museum of Art $500,000
Roberta Ross October 26, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I will vote Yes, partly because SRB and MO'M support it. I thought the ad with Jonathan Ogden was funny, I do not seriously think anyone is being threatened, and I do not think Jonathan Ogden is a goon. I don't really care all that much about gambling myself, but I know people who enjoy it as a recreation/entertainment, and I am in favor of recreation and entertainment. I do care about the wonderful institutions that will benefit from the bond issues, and I will be voting Yes for all of them too. Vote Yes for Baltimore!
Joe Schmigel October 26, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I do not support the State's efforts to increase gambling. It adversely hurts the poor and needy citizens of Maryland, demoralizes the middle & working class, and pays exorbitant dividends to millionaires who hide their money from the IRS. If elected State officials cannot properly manage government without sham ponzi schemes, then we need a better class of government officials.
Mike Losing It October 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Yes and while we are voting let's vote for heroin, crack and marijuana shop so that we can keep all the monies in Baltimore. Please do not leave out neighborhood gun stores.
Mike Losing It October 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Excellent observation
Michael Haynie October 29, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Since we have responsibly or irresponsibly passed gaming four years ago. It is imperative at this time we protect our investment in it from the other states. If we are to ever believe the intent of the legislation is to fund education and property tax reduction, we must offer a similar product as WV. De.and Pa. Granted the way it is written the powers that be can always switch the proceeds to their prorities. However the time to vote down gaming wa four years ago or so. Now we can not cut our noses off. Reluctantly YES on question SEVEN. Total Business decision,
MarJo November 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I agree-- not a good choice. It was supposed to be funny, I know, but came off as bullying and insulting to the viewers' intellegence. Also don't like the ads bashing West Virginia-- pretty much the sorriest state in the nation, is it so awful that they have some bucks for education?

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