Wed July 18, 2012
MD Governor Hopeful for Solving Impasse on Gambling Expansion
Governor Martin O’Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.
His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor’s residence.
The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.
But Speaker Busch had little to say after the meeting while Senate President Mike Miller said some lawmakers needed more persuading.
The key stumbling block is the state’s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.
The House of Delegates is resisting the idea to lower the rate since Annapolis just raised income taxes in the special session on those making more than $100-thousand a year.
One proposal is to shift the decision on the tax to a gaming commission rather than the state legislature.