Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot apparently spoke at the University of Maryland/College Park yesterday, criticizing the proposal to permit slot machines championed by Governor Martin O’Malley. I say “apparently” because the “Diamondback Online” link is broken.
The slot question will be decided by Maryland voters in a November 2008 referendum.
Mr. Franchot was recently interviewed by Len Lazarick of the Baltimore Examiner and said his opposition to slots is fiscal, not moral:
I believe when the facts are brought out that slots are bad for state economies, the public will vote slots down as the wrong direction to be going. Except for Nevada, every other state, the data shows that crime increases and the social costs more than offset any revenue.
Sparing no expense, NotionsCapital commissioned a well-known artist to render this impression of an historic racetrack if the referendum passes:
Image by “Fast Eddie” Manet and Mike “Lefty” Licht. You gotta problem with that?