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Pro-casino ads on the air in Anne Arundel

Thumbnail image for aaslots.jpgProponents of a slots casino at Arundel Mills mall are on the air with their first television ad touting the promise of jobs and school funding if the project moves forward.

Anne Arundel County residents will decide in November whether to allow a zoning change needed for construction of the 4,750-machine casino, which would be Maryland's largest.

The 30-second ad, produced by a group backed by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., the casino's developer, features Anne Arundel residents and images of construction workers, schoolchildren, police and firefighters.

Revenue from the casino, the ad says, will produce "4,000 new, good-paying jobs for Anne Arundel County residents ... 400 million a year for school construction and classroom funding ... and 30 million every year for police, fire and critical county services."

"When you understand the question, the answer is simple," the ad concludes.

The ad by the pro-casino group, Jobs & Revenue for Anne Arundel County, follows a series of commercials that have been aired by a group opposing the casino, No Slots At The Mall.

By John Wagner  |  September 8, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner , Slots  
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aren't these guys clients of Bob Ehrlich?

Posted by: agwilson | September 8, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

@agwilson, you is right, saw it in black and white, right on their site.
That our Gov wants the voters to decide on a casino that wasn't part of the ref that passed, is a problem for Cordish. And, when I look through some of the developments that these guys did in Bawlmer, I got to question if some of them are really "monorails". I think they should just go into the band uniform business and fight that gaming going on in River City.

Posted by: johnlclark | September 8, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

You can get jobs and revenue at any location, it doesn't have to be at the mall. Arundel Mills Mall is a terrible location, it is already way overcrowded. Put it at the track or some other location, not the mall. Vote "NO" on Question A!

Posted by: RealChoices | September 8, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I've posted before that the no slots people are trying to make you think they can be moved to another location and the county would still get all of the tax revenue. Don't let the images of horse racing in the anti-slots ads fool you into thinking slots will end up at another location. If QA fails, slots are gone for the county...along with the jobs...along with the revenue.

Posted by: owenprice521 | September 9, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"If QA fails, slots are gone for the county...along with the jobs...along with the revenue."

Not correct. If Question A fails, they will have to pick another location, in AA county within two miles of 295.

Posted by: RealChoices | September 11, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

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