Maryland gambling enterprises were authorized by voters in 2008 on the grounds that the tax that is generated from legalizing commercial gambling would be mainly used to fund training programs. But that promise, according to state Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), isn’t being kept.
Fifty-eight percent of voters supported the ballot referendum in 2008 to amend hawaii’s constitution and legalize slot machines at five privately owned gaming venues. a further referendum passed in 2012 to include a sixth facility, and allow table games at the casinos.
State Comptroller Peter Franchot says taxation revenue stemming from Maryland casinos isn’t being earmarked once the voter-approved 2008 referendum that is constitutional.
The ’08 amendment posed to residents explained a vote of support ‘authorizes the State to issue up to five movie lottery licenses for the primary intent behind raising revenue for education of children in public places schools, prekindergarten through grade 12, public school construction and improvements, and construction of money projects at community colleges and higher education institutions.’
But approaching nine years since Marylanders backed gambling, Franchot claims the scheme ‘was fundamentally a lie.’
‘It was a crass, cynical work to dupe people,’ Franchot told Baltimore’s FOX affiliate this week. As comptroller, Franchot is Maryland’s chief monetary officer and responsible for gathe […]