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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 08/10/2012

Prince George’s casino: Construction jobs may take time, says (#DMVReads)

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker speaks at a news conference on July 27, 2012 in Annapolis, Md. Baker says he believes county residents will support a casino in the county. From the right in front are; House Speaker Michael Busch, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Baker and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. (Brian Witte - AP)
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposal to build a Las Vegas style casino in Prince George’s County cleared its first hurdle Thursday, when a special panel voted 11-1 to have the legislation debated in the state’s Senate. Despite pleas from the operator of Ann Arundel’s Maryland Live! casino, the measure is expected to be passed before facing a much tougher debate in House of Delegates. In analysis of the legislation, Maryland sees a problem with one key argument in favor of building the Prince George’s casino: new construction jobs.

But even if the billpasses both Senate and House – and the House is still a big question mark – none of the construction jobs will be showing up for at least two years and most of the permanent jobs won’t appear until O’Malley has long departed the State House.

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By Andy Smith  |  12:42 PM ET, 08/10/2012

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