AROUND THE WORLD THE 1% HAVE IDENTIFIED CASINOS AND TOURIST INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT AS THE NEXT GROWTH INDUSTRY AND WE ARE NOT SEEING THE PROFITS COMING AS TAXES. THESE ARE GREAT BUSINESSES FOR USING IMMIGRANT LABOR AND KEEPING OPERATING COSTS LOW. NATIONAL HARBOR IN PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY IS BEING PROMOTED AS THE LAS VEGAS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC. IT IS AN ENTERPRISE ZONE BUILT ON BUSINESS TAX CREDITS AND UNDOCUMENTED/RIGHT TO WORK LABOR. AS WITH ALL THIS DEVELOPMENT A NATIONAL COMPANY COMES IN WITH ITS SUBCONTRACTORS FROM OUT OF STATE TO BUILD AND IT IS WITH ASSURED EXPLOITATION THAT THE EMPLOYEES HIRED TO WORK THE CASINOS ARE EXPOSED TO UNSCRUPULOUS WORK CONDITIONS. THE PROFITS MADE BY THE CASINO ARE NOW BEING SUBJECTED TO A 50-50 SPLIT, DOWN FROM A 67% SPLIT AND WE WILL SEE THAT NUMBER FALL FURTHER.
GAMBLING REVENUE IS BEING PUSHED BECAUSE THESE POLITICIANS ARE LETTING CORPORATIONS AND THE RICH SAY 'WE AREN'T PAYING OUR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES' AND 'WE WILL NOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR FRAUD'. THE CITIZENS OF MARYLAND ARE EXPECTED TO ACCEPT THESE REGRESSIVE FORMS OF TAXATION BECAUSE WE HAVE POLITICAL LEADERS WITH NO INTEGRITY ALLOWING THE WEALTHY IN MARYLAND TO KEEP MONEY THEY ARE STEALING FROM GOVERNMENT COFFERS AND THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE.
THE PROBLEM WITH REVENUE IN THE STATE IS FRAUD AND BUSINESS TAX CREDITS AND THESE POLITICIANS ARE NOT THE SOLUTION.........VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT!!!!
PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR OR DELEGATE.......AND YOUR MAYOR TO SAY NO TO EXPANDED GAMBLING!!!!!
O'Malley, Miller & Busch Meeting On Gambling Ends Without Agreement Tuesday, July 17, 2012 WBAL
Robert Lang and Associated Press Governor Martin O'Malley met for about 90 minutes this morning with legislative leaders on the prospect of a special legislative session to expand gambling.
The meeting ended without lawmakers coming to an agreement.
"We came to no conclusion, that's about it," Busch said to reporters as he left the meeting.
Miller said the meeting was productive, and that the governor is working hard. However he says some elected officials, "have to be asked" to support the issue.
O'Malley left Annapolis for a previously scheduled event in Cockeysville without talking to reporters.
No additional meetings are scheduled.
The window of opportunity is creeping toward a close for a special session before an August deadline to approve ballot language for voters to get the final say in November, if lawmakers approve legislation. O'Malley says he believes a decision needs to be made in the next 10 days.
The legislation has to be passed to give the Maryland State Board of Elections enough time to draft ballot language by August 20.
O'Malley says he would like to hold a special session to decide on allowing table games and a new casino site in Prince George's County.
Last month, a work group charged with coming up with legislation failed to come to an agreement. That led to the cancellation of plans for a special session that was supposed to take place last week.
Members of the House of Delegates opposed recommendations to lower the 67% tax on slot machines for the Prince George's County casino, as well as the casino proposed for Baltimore City, and the Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills which opened last month.
On Monday, O'Malley was advocating a proposal that would let an independent commission determine any tax rate changes, while lawmakers would only consider the additional casino and table games in their special session.
The governor Monday met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.
MY COMMENT TO THE BALTIMORE SUN:
You failed to include what I think is O'Malley's tool to get Busch off the hook regarding votes in his chamber.......an independent commission to set the tax distribution rate. O'Malley is floating the idea of taking yet another democratic decision away from legislators and giving it to a Governor-appointed commission. Oh, that's a good idea!
As we watch the National Harbor ads on TV and as O'Malley makes grand proclamations of widespread support for this expanded gambling, both of which have no basis in fact we ask why isn't the media giving the public a fair and balanced analysis of this situation?
Across the nation states who have been at this gambling game have seen the tax revenue designated for 'education' all but disappear as the funds are used elsewhere and as the ratio of taxes going to the casino rise.....as is happening right now with this deal.
WE CONSTANTLY HEAR OF POLLS THAT SAY EVERYBODY SUPPORTS THESE POLICIES AND THEN THESE LAWS GO TO REFERENDUM AND ARE OVERTURNED. I WROTE TO MARYLAND WATCHDOGS AND PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS AS WELL AS THE MEDIA ASKING WHY WE SEE THESE POLL NUMBERS PUBLISHED/QUOTED IN THE MEDIA IN MARYLAND WITH NO VERIFICATION OF VERACITY. HERE ARE THE STANDARDS KEPT FOR LEADING JOURNALS.......
The New York Times Polling Standards Published: September 10, 2008
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Probability samples include "random digit dialing" (RDD) sampling, which is generally used for telephone surveys. A poll in which respondents are drawn from a list compiled for another reason (such as voter registration lists or telephone directories) is questionable because such lists are rarely kept up-to-date.
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Internet Polls — Non-probability samples are commonly used in Internet polls, call-in polls, blast e-mail polls and a variety of others. The entire population does not have an equal chance of being contacted. Most Internet polls are based on panels of self-selected respondents, and Internet access is not yet evenly distributed across socio-economic and demographic groups. The Times does not publish most Internet polls.
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Maryland: Poll suggests support for expanded gambling25 June 2012
BALTIMORE, Maryland -- 55 percent of Maryland voters support expanded gambling a new opinion poll demonstrated, WBALTV reported.
Last week state regulators failed to agree on a proposed casino in Prince George County, the report said.
Gov. Martin O'Malley, who supports expanded gambling, expressed frustration over the lack of progress, WBALTV said.
Baltimore's Mayor also supports the Governor's plan, the report made note.
HERE IS THE POLLING BUSINESS 'OPINION WORKS' BASED IN ANNAPOLIS THAT CONDUCTED THIS WBAL TV POLL ON GAMBLING AND MOST OF ALL POLL RESULTS QUOTED IN MARYLAND MEDIA. IT DOES NOT HAVE A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH....IT IN FACT OFTEN USES THE SAMPLING OF THE GROUP HIRING THEM......LISTED ABOVE BY THE NEW YORK TIMES AS SOMETHING NOT TO PUBLISH!!!!!
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THIS IS THE BILL VOTED ON IN 2007. THE PUBLIC WAS CONSERVATIVE ON HOW MUCH AND WHERE THE GAMBLING WOULD OCCUR. WHAT WE SAW WAS A 180 DEGREE TURN BY O'MALLEY AND SENATE LEADER MILLER PUTTING GAMBLING INTO OVERDRIVE. WE CAN NOW SEE THAT WAS THEIR ORIGINAL INTENT.
The bill, which defines how 15,000 machines would be distributed in five locations, complements another measure the House barely managed to pass Nov. 16 to hold a referendum on whether to legalize slots. The Nov. 16 House vote was 86-52, just one vote above the 85 needed for a three-fifths majority, to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide in the form of a constitutional amendment.