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Would slot machines provide a jackpot for Maryland? -

There are 16 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 13, 2007, titled Would slot machines provide a jackpot for Maryland? -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The Maryland comptroller's message on slots was a shot across the bow that all Maryland citizens should consider closely .

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truth re slots

Auburn Hills, MI

#1 Oct 13, 2007
Some of the writers are eaither living in a vacuum or terminally stupid. The State's daily numbers game, scrartch-off's and Keno are gambling games located in every corner of the state. In every poor nighborhood, at convenience store's, liqour stores and check cashing stores one finds gambling in the form of the daily numbers, scratch-off's and Keno. These games are "sponsored" by the state and these games only pay back about 50 percent of the money wagered, while slots repays to players about 92 percent. That's right, slots pay back about 92 percent of the money wagered and the state games pay 50 percent, if that much. The daily numbers, scratch-off''s and Keno are "SUCKERS GAMES" compared to slots. Maryland is no virgin gambling state as the state sponsers gambling all around us. I would like people to respond with "hard data" and tell me why anything I have said is wrong, but not with a lot of hot air moralizing when we all ready have the worsts forms of gambling now sponsored by the state of Maryland all around us. I'm waiting.
Catherine Trueheart

Baltimore, MD

#2 Oct 13, 2007
I have read some of the opposition about slots being brought to Maryland,Raising crime rate, gambling problems, low income families betting on their low wages trying to hit it big, Right now we have a murder rate that is almost astronomical in numbers, we have a budget deficit that is out of this world, unemployment is not far behind as far as employment, my point being is that with all that is going on right now we do not have one slot machine in maryland and yet all that is being said is about crime and poverty, what about creating jobs for some of the unemployed, what about increasing education in the public schools and getting the children at a higher level in their curriculums,giving peopple a better chance at a better living than what they have right now. Everybody is not going to become destitute and homeless if we bring slots to Maryland, listen as far as Delaware and Charles Town, and Philadelphia is concerned they would rather that we do not get slots, but why can't we stay home and gamble as opposed to driving 1 hour in any direction after all that is not going to stop people from gambling whether it be in Maryland or West Virginia or Philadelphia and or Atlantic City New Jersey hey thats my comment
Bluedawg

Brandywine, MD

#3 Oct 13, 2007
Slots, slots, slots, here we go again. You know I really hate the idea of having slots in Maryland, however, if our governor is to be believed, there is no alternative.
State officials keep teling us that there is a billion dollar plus "structural deficit" that no one takes responsibility for, but we must pay for it now.
So are all those who oppose slots favor increasing the sales tax, reforming the income tax, increasing the corporate tax and cutting state spending?
I'd like to see which jurisdiction volunteers to have it's state school funding cut so that slots aren't needed. And what jurisdiction will tell the governor, if it comes down to cutting state transportation projects or approving slots, cut our roads?
Capt B

United States

#4 Oct 13, 2007
Do you think that there is a magic line between the states that prevents any Marylanders from becoming or advancing their gambling addiction. I think not. Just because the games are an hours drive away doesn't block our addicts from gaming away their paychecks. Why in our own little towns many a paycheck goes awry on machines of chance. With so many games already available like the infamous Keno, now thats a good one! Like shootin fish in a barrel. I think it's called racketeering, a computer picking the cheapest way out every game. Dah, people wake up and smell the profits. Slots only spread the wealth/ thievery in other directions. Besides I personally like slots with all the exciting bells, lights, and whistles. You just can't get that with keno, pick whatever, or scratch offs. Wait a minute. Let me get my coin purse. I here bells a ringing for Maryland.
Ada Hollingsead

United States

#5 Oct 14, 2007
The income source for Maryland should be productive commerce -- NOT gambling and taking advantage of the folks who can least afford. The burden of financing the state should be spread evenly among citizens.
smokehound

Waldorf, MD

#6 Oct 14, 2007
Ada Hollingsead wrote:
The income source for Maryland should be productive commerce -- NOT gambling and taking advantage of the folks who can least afford. The burden of financing the state should be spread evenly among citizens.
Only raise the taxes for schools for those people who have kids in school.We have too many schools now.No one who graduated from any of these schools that I helped pay for can come up with a budget we can live with.Its not that we bring in too little money, we spend too much.Let me cut spending I bet
we would all get checks back from the state because all the money our elected officials waste.
smokehound

Waldorf, MD

#7 Oct 14, 2007
why not tax food? everybody eats,everyone would pay.
End of story,no slots needed.
Why choose only certain products to tax,like cigs,gas,etc....Lets tax milk,
bread,fruit....think of the money we would have in the budget.
smokehound

Waldorf, MD

#8 Oct 14, 2007
I read a story:The average 1000 sq ft apartment in baltimore city now costs 1350.00 per month,by 2027 it will cost 2400.00....
Lets quit complaining,
were toast.
We try to live in the last generation,but in fact we are in the next generation.
Let the young people who dont even vote worry about all that.
smokehound

Waldorf, MD

#9 Oct 14, 2007
What was the voter turnout in Baltimore city for Mayor??
Something pitiful.
No wonder crime is running over
the city, those people vote with guns, while law abiding people sit home and dont even vote,another win for the status quo.

Since: Oct 07

Bethesda, MD

#10 Oct 15, 2007
What I would love to see more than slots is a total audit of the states expenditures. What are they spending our money on that they shouldn't be? Why are we seeing ourselves in a 1.7 billion dollar dept when under Ehrlich's administration we had a 1.5 billion dollar surplus?

The fact that the new governor wants to pick the easy way out really bothers me. So far, he hasn't kept a single promise that he made pre-election and is now saying that he wants to raise taxes to fix the problem when he said pre-election that he wasn't going to do that.

So when is enough going to be enough. If we run in to this problem again, are we going to see another tax increase? Why are we getting a tax increase when other avenues have not been explored? Why does the governor want to dip in to my pocket to take money away from my kids without looking in to the real problem of state spending?

www.omalleywatch.com
Kevin

Hunt Valley, MD

#11 Oct 15, 2007
Maryland keeps missing the boat. People have and always will gamble on just about anything. I never play slots, as I go to Atlantic City for the table games only. West Virginia is getting table games this year. I think that saying crime and problem gamblers is a poor reason. People will go wherever it takes to gamble.
SLOTS OR ELSE

Baltimore, MD

#12 Oct 15, 2007
For all the Marylanders that disagree with the Slots issue please be prepare to pay my future Taxes. This is the only way that this state budget will get funded completely. And all of you that worry about the gamblers losing there money, let be be the first to tell you that gamblers are already going out of state and spending there money.Providing those states with new social programs and new schools for there children. I cannot see why the non-gamblers are always the ones that does the most complaining! You don't gamble so why do you worry. Why should Maryland allow Magnum Corporation to move the Preakness to Florida. Do we not remember the once well known Baltimore Colts. Is this what we want to happen to our Preakeness. After 100 yrs of having the Preakness here , we want it to leave the state of Maryland. If this happens maybe we all need to leave Maryland. We have had a Governor elected because he promise the residents that he would bring Slots to out state instead of allowing Marylanders to pay higher taxes for schools, hospitals and other social programs else . As the Governor stated, we need Slots and we need it NOW!

Balto.
EcB
The Vote Is In

Gwynn Oak, MD

#13 Oct 15, 2007
The vote has been in for Slots years ago. What is the problem. The last governor was elected because of the majority of Marylanders voted for the States Slots issue.
Are we that bad as Marylanders continue to debate over the slots issue. If any Marylander do not like the Slots coming to Maryland , than they sholud leave.
Governor bring Slots here and bring them fast. I don't gamble , and I would be very happy if the gamblers paid for the schools and social programs that we need. In fact you could built one right next to my house. Why should would let all our gamblers take the monet to other states. We should have brought slots here when Delaware, W.Virginia and Pa got there's. Why are we so slow !

Balto
TK
Jack

Parkville, MD

#14 Oct 16, 2007
Let's make sure that slots never come to Maryland. If there's a referendum on the issue, let's all vote NO to allowing these devilish devices. And then, as soon as we leave the polling place, let's go to the nearest major highway and wave bye-bye to the $200,000,000 that is leaving our state each year to be spent in nearby casinos!
Ron

Baltimore, MD

#15 Oct 23, 2007
truth re slots wrote:
Some of the writers are eaither living in a vacuum or terminally stupid. The State's daily numbers game, scrartch-off's and Keno are gambling games located in every corner of the state. In every poor nighborhood, at convenience store's, liqour stores and check cashing stores one finds gambling in the form of the daily numbers, scratch-off's and Keno. These games are "sponsored" by the state and these games only pay back about 50 percent of the money wagered, while slots repays to players about 92 percent. That's right, slots pay back about 92 percent of the money wagered and the state games pay 50 percent, if that much. The daily numbers, scratch-off''s and Keno are "SUCKERS GAMES" compared to slots. Maryland is no virgin gambling state as the state sponsers gambling all around us. I would like people to respond with "hard data" and tell me why anything I have said is wrong, but not with a lot of hot air moralizing when we all ready have the worsts forms of gambling now sponsored by the state of Maryland all around us. I'm waiting.
What makes you think that Maryland would pay out 92% on slots. Just look at Keno. The thing that makes it a sucker game is the amount the State pays off for a bet. When it started the pay-off amounts were higher, but the General Assembly wasn't satisfied with the returns so they had Roogow lower the pay-ff amounts. Then, as if the odds weren't bad enough, the State has gone from a random number generator to picking numbers in sequence knowing people play random numbers. If the slots were totally out of the states' control, then maybe I could believe there was some chance of winning occasionally.
Informed

Fort Washington, MD

#16 Dec 19, 2007
A significant amount of Slots Revenue comes from the local population. So there is a magic line about 25 to 30 miles out and the drop off in play is significant. So Theaters and Restaurants will suffer and no net gain to the economy.

If Gambling was so great Atlantic City wouldn't the pits more than 20 years later. If you doubt crime is a problem walk 5-10 blocks off the Board Walk and see if how safe you feel.

If gambling is so great why doesn't the President of the American Gaming Association want it in his neighborhood. All of the reasons listed above he doesn't want to chase the high tech companies and the high end retailers out of Tysons Corner VA.
Vegas Does okay with retail but it suffers else where.


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