Both Sides in Slots Debate Win Converts
Pro- and anti-slots groups each gained support today: Maryland fightfighters became the latest municipal union to endorse the November slot machine gambling referendum proposal, while the Maryland Taxpayers Association came out against it.
In a statement put out by the pro-slots group For Maryland, For Our Future, LeRoy A. Wilkison, president of the Professional FireFighters of Maryland, said passage of the ballot question will ensure that county budgets stay intact, preserving public safety.
The union represents 20 locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
The Maryland Taxpayers Association, a group of fiscal conservatives, was featured at a press conference organized by Marylanders United to Stop Slots.
President Herb McMillan criticized the $1.4 billion tax increase approved by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly last year and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), and said slots revenue will only "add fuel" to state spending.
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