CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A spokesman for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says the governor will sign a bill slashing the state’s share of proceeds from slot machines at the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort near Cumberland.

The measure is aimed at luring a slots operator to the hotel complex inside Rocky Gap State Park.

An O’Malley spokesman said Monday that the Democratic governor will sign the legislation cutting the state’s take from 67 percent to 50 percent for the first 10 years of operation.

Rocky Gap is the only one of five potential slots sites that has failed to attract a serious bidder since Maryland voters approved the locations in 2008.

It would be the smallest of the state’s casinos with up to 1,500 slot machines.

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

Comments (2)
  1. sheriff willie says:

    Why not just admit the state f…..k’d up. Give the real taxpayer a check for $300 each & turn it over to privatize entities. Oh, yes, you have the $$$, you have it for illegals.

  2. charles says:

    Voters approved the slots bill in 2008. Since that time very little has been done to attract bidders. No one is going to bid while this greedy state wants 67% of the profits. Adding the very high cost of the license, a building, slots, etc. it would take years to regain the investment. Slots were supposed to create jobs, bring in money to be used for education, etc. If you remember Busch and Miller did not want them while Erlich was governor.

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