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Md. Bill Would Raise Stakes For Rocky Gap Slots

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Some state lawmakers want Maryland to offer a greater enticement to prospective operators of slot machines at Rocky Gap State Park.

A bill introduced Wednesday by three western Maryland delegates and one from Montgomery County would boost the operator’s share of revenue from Rocky Gap slots to 50 percent from 35.5 percent.

The General Assembly raised the rate from 33 percent last year after Rocky Gap failed to attract legitimate bidders for a state gaming license.

Casinos have begun operating in Perryville and near Ocean City since Marylanders approved slots at five sites in 2008.

A license also has been awarded in Anne Arundel County, and a bid on a Baltimore site is currently in dispute.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • willie joe wanker

    Sounds like another balance the budget on the backs of those that can least afford it.

  • Ken DeVault

    They should do something. It was said before 2008 the slots everywhere planed would raise 350,000,000 for the budget. Now we are three years in and they are still fooling around getting them open to raise money.
    But it’s not slowing them down to raise taxs on everying else,or cut good progams.
    As far as the backs of those that can’t afford it. These people that play are going to spend it whether it’s in Md. or Pa.or Wv.
    I would just like to see them do something for a change instead of fooling around for years talking about it.

    Ken DeVault

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