National Harbor Casino Deal Folds (Demo)

After meeting for the last time, the appointed group formed to hash out the expansion of gambling into Prince George’s County could not agree.  The sticking point seems to have been lowering taxes for casino owners who build in Prince George’s.  The group agree that table games such as blackjack and roulette, could be added to Maryland’s five existing slots sites.  But three members of the group (reportedly, all House of Delegates Members) were adamantly against adding a sixth casino in Prince George’s County.  House of Delegates Members include Del. Sheila Hixson, D-Montgomery, Del. Peter Hammen, D-Baltimore,  Del. Frank Turner, D-Howard.  It turns out that NOT having one Delegate on the working group that was actually a Prince George’s County rep has bit Baker in the butt.
I originally thought these non-PGCo Delegates might hasten the deal along but it looks like they could not swallow giving a tax break to casino owners.  Chairman John Morton III reported the final vote as 8 to 3 on its final recommendations.  MGM wants the tax rate lowered from 67% to 42% and that is not happening right now, according to the Governor’s gambling expansion group.  What I really believe is that it won’t happen right now.  The Legislators can go on vacation but don’t go too far because It’s still too much money on the table.

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