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Pr. Geo.'s Politicians Pledge Anti-Slots Effort

Anne Bartlett

Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey led a group of county politicians yesterday who announced they will work to convince local residents to vote against a November ballot referendum that would authorize the state to legalize slot machines.

Ivey was joined by member of the Prince George's County Council, a school board member, several local delegates and two state senators at an elementary school in Laurel, not far from the Laurel Park racetrack.

The track is on the border of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties and could be eligible for thousands of slot machines, if the referendum is approved by voters.

Ivey said he believes gambling adversely affects those who are already financially suffering.
Others in the group, including State Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Prince George's) said they believed the slots initiative would result in too little new revenue for Prince George's, given the number of county residents likely to gamble.

The group pledged to activate their supporters in an effort to defeat the referendum.

By Anne Bartlett  |  June 25, 2008; 7:54 AM ET
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I applaud Glen Ivey for stepping-up and provvoding leadership in this effort. For too long, all public officials would do is provide lip service on this topic. I hope Mr. Ivey will be able to mobilize a campaign to defeat this stupid slots proposal. It's the last thing this county needs to deal with.

Posted by: PG'er | June 25, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs to remind people that if slots don't pass, then we're looking at another round of tax increases in January.

Posted by: Liz | June 25, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Liz: You really think slots will put an end to tax hikes? Did the Lotto? Did Keno?

Slots are not a cure for the fiscal irresponsibility endemic to Maryland's political culture.

Posted by: Baltimoron | June 25, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Agreed - we will certainly hear from slots corporations and their toadies...that slots will prevent tax increases. Never believe what salepeople tell you.

I am just happy that tax payers will actually get to vote on something like this. I think slots will fail maybe like 3 - 2 against.

We'll continue to see tax hikes as long as the U.S. dollar continues to fall in value - thus eroding its buying power (an economically diasterous trend over the past 7 years).

The other undeniable cause of tax hikes are huge unjustified projects like the $3,100,000,000 ICC toll road. Tax payers never had a choice as to whether they wanted to finance these Lexus Lanes, but our transportation funding will be drained by the ICC for decades to come...thus saddling our children with tax hikes as well.

Posted by: Donny | June 26, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Proud that Prince Georgians are acting as the moral compass here. Our state is addicted to gambling dollars. Tax on the poor.

Posted by: Towards Light | June 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

If we're going to talk about morality, we have to talk about the unmet needs of our children. Do we want our schools to have to fire teachers and delay construction and renovation projects and new textbook purchases? I'm open to any realistic alternatives, but I'm not hearing any.

Posted by: Dan | June 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Liz has had too much Kool-Aide if she believes people dropping nickels, quarters and dollars into gambling boxes will somehow reduce her property taxes.

Even if they pass and raise a couple million dollars for the state, who is going to pay for the trash, congestion, public safety and infrastructure - she is through her county property taxes.

Look at New Jersey - highest property taxes in the nation despite Atlantic City.

Posted by: PG'er | June 26, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I must agree with PGer here, though the truth is not as pretty as the sales pitch from the gambling interests.

Maryland would be worse not better if slot machines are introduced. Just my opinion, but there are examples.

Posted by: Donny | June 27, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I have yet to read/see/hear the views of any Anne Arundel pol on slots at Laurel, and that's kinda odd since Laurel Park is in AA not PG.

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Posted by: kazzzantip | June 29, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick and tired of self righteous people trying to tell me what to do with my money. I am for any proposal that will generate more funds for the state that do not include an increase in taxes. Someone mentioned look at Atlantic City and the ills that the gaming industry created. However, look at the Cherokee Tribe and the increase in profits for the Native Americans and their community. Better yet, look at Harrah's in Shreveport, LA. (Which is not a Native American casino) and you will see a thriving med-level city that has increased it's capital by 50%; a once oil and natural gas rich city, revamped by the gaming industry.
Ivey is just political "jockeying". Delaware and West Virgina really enjoys the "all knowing" Marylanders with their "we don't want it in our backyards" but we will drive to your state" mentality.
I will vote in favor of slot!

Posted by: my money | July 1, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

There is a lot of speculation out there concerning slots and the money it will bring to the State. Some of that money is supposed to be earmarked for schools. I do not want any speculation. There are other states that have done the slots thing. There must be some hard stats about the income generated, how it was divided up, and most important, some stats on crime. Did it increase,decrease or stay the same. Were social service budgets increased to help with any short term effects.

I believe these questions can be answered.

Posted by: Terry Ey | August 17, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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