Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced Friday that he will call state lawmakers back to Annapolis in August to discuss an expanded gambling plan. Up for discussion at the session would be a new Las Vegas-style casino in Prince George’s County and table games, such as blackjack, at Maryland’s five existing slots sites. Maryland Reporter , however, sees several reasons why bring the General Assembly back in August could be a bad idea.
“What’s the rush? The governor’s work group, which didn’t reach consensus last month on a reduction in tax rates for casino operators, agreed that any new Prince George’s casino wouldn’t open for four years. This means that thousands of construction jobs being touted wouldn’t likely appear for two years, and the new revenue from a casino wouldn’t show up for at least four.”
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