A letter to Governor O'Malley:
When you first assumed office, you made it clear that you favored bringing slot gambling back to Maryland as a way to raise revenue for the state. Many citizens were against legalizing this exploitive activity which has historically been associated with crime. Yet when the General Assembly refused to go on record as being for or against the measure, it went to referendum as Question 2 on the ballot in 2008 and passed. Then many individuals in
Well, that is almost ancient history, and now four years later, largest casino in Maryland, with its 4,750 slot machines and located in Anne Arundel County, as stipulated in Question 2, is newly open at Arundel Mills. Yet before the first coins were injected into the first "video terminal" there, Mike Miller and pro-gambling interests began lobbying for a slots and table games facility inPrince George's County, possibly at National Harbor. Sen. Miller was even willing to derail the last legislative session over it.
Governor, it's time to show some consistency and leadership on this issue. Remember how you promised that casino gambling would be limited to the locations on the ballot in 2008? Remember how you told the then county executive thatPrince George's County, with its higher crime rate in some areas, would be spared having one of those gambling facilities?
Let's be fair and weigh the outcome of the Arundel Mills casino before we offer up the rest of the state to gambling interests. We can't build another casino every time there is an economic downturn. Let's put a hold on expanded gambling in Maryland and focus, instead, on other important issues.