SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says state revenues would be hurt if Congress legalizes online gambling.

The governor made the comments in a letter earlier this month to the chair members of a committee charged with looking for ways to cut the federal deficit.

O’Malley said federalized poker and casino gambling would put at risk $19 million generated annually by the state’s lottery, its fourth largest revenue source. The governor said lottery retailers and slots locations in the state would also be harmed. The governor noted slots revenues are used for public schools, colleges and universities.

O’Malley wrote that slots parlors in Perryville and Oceans Downs have generated $50 million and revenues are expected to increase as other locations are opened.

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

Comments (9)
  1. jerry johns says:

    Sounds like someone didnt get a kick-back, oops a political contribution from the online gambling establishment. Kinda like how the :Maryland Lottery ,converted to the “Stadium Authority ” ?????
    They want to lower the debt and raise revenue?????? Decriminalize Marijuania, Ooops, Big Pharma has that baby covered!!!!!

  2. Cathey Alejo says:

    Yep, wouldn’t want to risk any of the states gambling revenue!. I’m guessing the “gambling authority” probably didn’t contribute to his reelection campaign. The Gov need not fret! Surely raising the MD gas tax and doubling tag renewal fees and the usless emissions testing fees will help raise additional funds so desperately needed for his cherished social programs. Will it ever end or will he finally tax us for the polluted air we must breath?

  3. PO PO PO says:

    My revenue has been hurt by the circus these clowns are running in the statehouse

  4. Debbie says:

    Aw, some money they wouldn’t be able to get their hands on and spend.
    This must make Tax and Spend O’Malley very upset.

  5. joe says:

    Online gambling is for sports betting and poker…. two things you cant do in the states casinos…. what doesn’t he understand about that? It’s apples to oranges as far as the crowd that it draws!

  6. Rich says:

    i like how he lied and said that some profits go to schools. thats a lie. all the schools in MD blow. the only one that is good is Johns hopkins, and thats privately funded. Man i wish we had Erlich back.

  7. Michael Crumbaker says:

    Maryland’s gambling revenue wouldn’t be at risk if recreational gamblers weren’t treated so poorly. Anybody who can count can see how much better conditions are just over the borders.

  8. Joan says:

    What’s wrong with O’Malley’s forehead in that picture?

  9. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    I hope there is a CHANGE in the next elections for Governor!!

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