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On slots, mayor should know better
The sad thing is Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake knows better than her op-ed "Keeping money in Maryland" (Oct. 11). Four years ago Maryland voters approved slots because they were told casinos would pay Maryland taxpayers 67 percent of proceeds. Question 7 would change the slots tax rate from 67 percent to 51-49 percent, gifting casinos an additional half a billion dollars a year, according to the Department of Legislative Services. The two big winners — MGM and Caesar's — are out of state, and 49 percent of Maryland Live casino may be sold to out of state Penn National.
October 13, 2012