Opponents of Maryland Slots Proposal Vocal

Opponents of Maryland Slots Proposal Vocal, but Facing Uphill Battle

The proponents of the slot machine referendum that is going to be taking place in Maryland have made a very strong case in favor of putting slot machines throughout the state and for the most part they have won the hearts of the people that are going to be voting in the election. However, this does not mean that there are no people that are opposed to the measure. There are in fact many people that are opposed to it and while they form a minority in Maryland, they are a very vocal minority that has been gaining momentum over the last few months.

Slot Machines

According to continuous polling that has been done in the region, slot machines were favored in a referendum situation by 56% of the people that responded versus 40% that were opposed. That was a month ago however and in the 30 days that have happened since that gap has narrowed to a 49% to 43% margin still in favor of putting the slot machines across the state. In addition to that, slots opponents were able to win a very important case in the state supreme court and get the wording on the ballot changed so that it was less biased towards the yes side. Both of these events show that the yes side of the slots referendum is nowhere near as solid as the statistics appeared to indicate just a short while ago.

Slots Opponents

Slots opponents in the state of Maryland make a number of arguments against the inclusion of slot machines, starting with the idea that the numbers used by proponents of slot machines are wrong. For example, they argue that the $600 million number used in revenue estimates from slot machines is wrong. That number, they argue, was computed more than a year ago before the economy of Maryland really started to slow down. Because of that, the number is going to be a lot smaller now and may not even be enough to cover the $430 million deficit that exists in the state budget.

Maryland Gambling

Even if the numbers were correct however, slots opponents go on to argue that slot machines and their installation combined with the length of time needed for operators to gain gambling licenses in Maryland would effectively mean that slot machines would not start generating income until 2011. If the $600 million number is correct, it would take until 2012 for that kind of revenue to be seen and that means effectively that three years of deficits would pass by before slot machines began to address the problem. The timeframe is something that is commonly left out of proponent arguments according to critics of the idea and that is primarily why slot machine opponents are starting to gain more support as time draws closer and closer to the actual referendum taking place.

What was once a very lopsided contest is now something that could be decided by less than one percent of the vote. People interested in following the industry of slot machines would do well to pay attention to what happens in Maryland between now and the date of the referendum.

April 24, 2011 by : posted in Gambling and Legality No Comments