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Gambling expansion: Maryland's $223 million question
On Monday, Gov.Martin O'Malleybegins a series of make-or-break meetings with local officials and legislative leaders to decide whether he can muster the support necessary to call a special legislative session this month to consider expanding Maryland's nascent gambling program. The governor, who even as recently as a few months ago was publicly expressing his distaste for taking up the issue of gambling again, is pushing hard for a plan that would add a sixth casino inPrince George's Countyand legalize table games throughout the state, among other changes to the law. He is touting it as an economic development opportunity and a boon to the state's treasury, which could see as much as $223 million more a year once the program is fully up and running. But there are a few details local officials and legislators should consider.
July 16, 2012