Cade stresses opposition to more gambling

September 06, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

In their annual meeting with the District 33 General Assembly delegation yesterday, members of West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce received a scolding from state Sen. John A. Cade for not taking an aggressive stand against the expansion of gambling.

Gambling is not included on a list of the chamber's positions on issues.

"It ought to be clear that every nickel and every dollar that's diverted into gambling is a diversion from the legitimate economy," the Severna Park Republican said. "It's money that doesn't go to your stores. It's money that doesn't go to pay doctor bills."

Recalling the days when slot machines were legal in Anne Arundel County, Cade said gambling brings "almost endless problems," including political corruption.

Other delegation members also condemned gambling as a way to raise money for education and state projects.

The meeting at Rick's Cafe in the Odenton Shopping Center brought out about 10 chamber members and officers to poll fTC Cade and Dels. Robert C. Baldwin, Janet Greenip and Marsha G. Perry on gambling and other issues.

"Having a clear knowledge of our district representatives and open lines of communication helps to promote the interests of our chamber members and the community," said chamber President Chuck Moscoe.

Members also were concerned about the effort to repeal prevailing wage laws, which require companies working on government projects to pay workers at rates roughly equivalent to local union wages. Such wage requirements inflate the cost of construction projects by as much as 15 percent, according to Cade.

Baldwin, a Crownsville Republican, said he would again introduce legislation to repeal the requirement, and Greenip, a Crofton Republican, voiced her support. Perry, a Crofton Democrat, was not as emphatic in opposing the prevailing wage law, but said that generally the time for such regulations had "come and gone."

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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