Md. Chamber of Commerce to Endorse Slots
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce will announce its support today for the proposal on the November ballot question to legalize slot machine gambling in the state.
The 850-member business group has supported slots since the General Assembly first debated the issue during the Ehrlich adminstration. Last week, the chamber's board of directors voted formally to endorse the referendum and the coalition organizing to get it passed, joining the Maryland Association of Counties and the state teachers association.
Chamber spokesman Will Burns said the group has made no decisions on whether it will offer financial backing to the pro-slots campaign. But at a minimum, the chamber will be active in the grassroots campaign to pass slots "and let people know what the altneratives are," he said.
"If the referendum fails, we expect more budget cuts, higher taxes or a combination of both," Burns said. If Marylanders end up paying higher taxes, "the business community will be in the crosshairs."
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