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Posted at 3:57 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Ground broken on Arundel slots location

By Washington Post Editors

Thumbnail image for Anne Arundel slots.jpgFlanked by state and Anne Arundel County leaders, developers of a planned slots casino broke ground Thursday in a parking lot of an outlet mall that is expected to become Maryland's most lucrative gambling destination, John Wagner writes on the Maryland Politics blog.

"This is definitely a job-creator," said Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), a last-minute stand-in at the event at Arundel Mills mall for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), whom aides said was busy dealing with the aftermath of the snowstorm. Acknowledging the controversy that has surrounded the planned 4,750-machine facility, Brown said, "it's here, we're excited about it."

His message was echoed by other dignitaries who stood on a makeshift stage amid piles of snow in a cordoned-off area of the parking lot, just outside the mall's food court.

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold (R) also touted the hundreds of millions in revenue the casino is expected to generate, saying it would become "the largest taxpayer in the state."

Read the entire post on the Maryland Politics blog.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2011; 3:57 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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