Friday, February 09, 2007

Good Idea on Slots

Creative minds are a rarity in politics. Luckily, we have a couple of 'em in the state legislature. And one just proposed a very interesting compromise to get slots into Maryland.

Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier offered up the suggestion of riverboat gambling, The Sun reports today. She envisions a boat in the Chesapeake Bay.

Slots have been a hot topic in Annapolis the past few years. Proponents argue that they will raise much-needed revenue, but opponents worry about the impact gambling sites would have on surrounding communities. This proposal would allow the states to collect revenue without having to worry about detrimental effects on communities because there're no neighborhoods in the middle of the Bay.

It also addresses a concern that has held The League back from supporting slots. Low-income people, those who can least afford to gamble but will most likely have slots in their backyards, will be less likely to develop a habit if slots are not as accessible. Driving down to the Bay, getting on a boat and making a night out of slots is more prohibitive than stopping in an open facility on the way home from work.

Kalusmeier is a Democrat from the 8th District, essentially a chunk of the county just outside northeast Baltimore. She is also one smart lady.

from The League: Reassembled


Blogger Robb Black said...


Gambling boats is a HORRIBLE idea! Bringing slots into Maryland is a horrible idea. Learn from the other jurisdictions that have allowed gambling boats. Once you let these boats in, then you have let in gambling. Mark my words. If you allow gambling boats you will have gambling at race tracks within 5 years. Without a doubt.

No gambling in Maryland. PERIOD.

How can anyone consider themselves to be progressive or liberal if they even think that allowing gambling is a good idea. sheesh

2/12/2007 09:56:00 AM  

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