Who's in charge of Maryland slots?

August 23, 2010

As I was reading The Baltimore Sun, the editorial "Slots fact check" (Aug. 20) made me wonder about some of the problems with this whole debacle.

When we had the first referendum on slots on the state level, the majority of voters indicated they wanted slots. After that, the Cordish Co. was given a license to build at Arundel Mills Mall. Then Magna Entertainment Corp., which had failed to post the fee required under law and was no longer in the running, jumped in. They got the NIMBY's stirred up enough to get yet another referendum on the November ballot. But only for the voters of Anne Arundel County.

Since the money generated from tax revenue affects the entire state, why isn't this a statewide referendum? Why would anyone think that Magna should be given the license now, when they couldn't or wouldn't come up with the fees the first time around? Or that they would be able to deliver the most amount of tax money from slots to the state?

Maryland seems to be having a problem. Magna doesn't seem qualified, developer Michael Moldenhauer who was trying for the Baltimore City license doesn't seem qualified, and no one who may be qualified wants the Western Maryland site. And we watch millions of potential tax dollars slipping through our fingers. Who's running this operation, the opponents of slots?

David Gosey, Towson

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