Gambling establishment at National Harbor not welcomed by Prince George’s County Contractors Association.
I personally think no matter the protest, a gambling establishment is coming to the county. Just for kicks and giggles, I suppose, the Prince George’s County Contractors Association has released a full-out ad campaign asking the question “why?”
From their press release: The Prince George’s County Contractors Association today announced a new television ad running in Maryland aimed at slowing down the “rush to judgment” by the state legislature and Governor to promote a major casino to be built at National Harbor.
The ad asks two main questions: Why would the legislature want to grant tax breaks to an out-of-town casino operator at the same time it is raising taxes on middle-income Marylanders? Why would the Maryland state government want to do business with a company which, having had a choice of severing its ties to organized crime or giving up its gaming license in New Jersey, chose to leave Atlantic City?
Joseph Gaskins, Chairman of the Contractors Association said “the Governor and senior members of the state legislature have created an artificial rush-to-judgment” by promoting a special session of the legislature this summer.“We know what will happen,” Gaskins said. “These guys will come in, make sweetheart deals with contractors they’ve worked with in other states and leave Maryland workers sitting on the sidelines.”
It’s all drawing to a head. See top right of the blog front page for video of the ad.
Maryland Live! owner David S. Cordish is dern near begging, by way of email, Governor O’Malley and Maryland General Assembly leaders to NOT allow a National Harbor casino because half of Maryland Live!’s
victims patrons come from the Washington, DC area. Yesterday, Governor O’Malley met with Montgomery County Exec. Isiah Leggett and Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake. Afterwards he stated that there is a more than 50 percent chance that there will be a special session of the General Assembly to address gambling’s expansion into Prince George’s County. Cordish is yelling “hold up!!” because if this happens, and the Baltimore casino happens, Maryland Live! will be the casino stuck in the middle that no one goes to.
O’Malley meets today with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel). Miller is a big supporter of an expanded gambling plan and has accused Cordish of being afraid of competition. Busch is representing Anne Arundel County with a big fat “NO” to gambling expansion, as is to be expected.
It’s heating up around here and it’s not just the weather.