Maryland's Question 7 is one of the most controversial ballot initiatives facing voters when they head to the polls Tuesday, and it hits close to home in the Washington, DC, area.
A top proponent and a leading opponent of Maryland's gambling provision argue their positions in Patch's Local Voices section.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is in favor of gambling expansion, while Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is in opposition.
"Arguments for the facility echo the ones I have made: that it will create jobs, generate revenue, and establish a destination with world class amenities that serves both residents and tourists," Baker wrote.
"The “staggering hypocrisy” of casino owners funding an anti-casino referendum was recently highlighted by Matt Yglesias in this article in Slate. But the ads are more than hypocritical: They actually disprove themselves. The millions of dollars pouring into the campaign against Question 7 prove why we should vote for it."
But Franchot maintains that the money won't help Maryland education.
"Independent groups have taken a look at the claim gambling expansion will increase funding for education and have reached the same conclusion I have: It will NOT mean more money for the classroom," he writes.
See their full posts here:
- Point: "Yes" On Question 7
- Counterpoint: Question 7 Is a Bad Deal for Maryland and Should Be Rejected
For a look at the major points on the gambling initiative, read our Patch primer on Question 7.