Maryland gambling enterprises were authorized by voters in 2008 on the grounds that the generated tax income from legalizing commercial gambling will be mainly used to fund education programs. But that promise, according to state Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), isn’t being kept.
Fifty-eight percent of voters supported the ballot referendum in 2008 to amend hawaii’s constitution and legalize slot machines at five privately owned video gaming venues. a referendum that is further in 2012 to include a sixth facility, and invite table games at the gambling enterprises.
State Comptroller Peter Franchot says income tax revenue stemming from Maryland casinos isn’t being earmarked as the voter-approved 2008 constitutional referendum dictated.
The ’08 amendment posed to residents explained a vote of support ‘authorizes their state to issue up to five video clip lottery licenses for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education of children in public areas schools, prekindergarten through grade 12, public school construction and improvements, and construction of capital projects at community colleges and higher education institutions.’
But approaching nine years since Marylanders backed gambling, Franchot says the scheme ‘was basically a lie.’
‘It was a crass, cynical work to dupe people,’ Franchot told Baltimore’s FOX affiliate this week. As comptroller, Franchot is Maryland’s chief officer that is financi