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Delay for city slots parlor may be a good sign
After years of starts and stops, any delay in the effort to bring a slots parlor to Baltimore — and with it needed tax revenues for the city and state — is unwelcome. But on the whole, the decision by the state slots licensing commission to push back the deadline for bids on the project appears to be more of a good sign than a bad one. The reason for the delay is not that the state is having trouble finding potential bidders but that it is fielding dozens of questions from would-be slots operators about legal, technical and procedural issues. There are no guarantees, but that fact at least offers some reason to hope that this round of bidding will go better than the last one, when the city site attracted a single bidder who was later disqualified by the state.
July 21, 2011