Maryland's Question 7 is one of the most controversial ballot initiatives facing voters when they head to the polls Tuesday, and it hits close to home in the Washington, DC, area.
A top proponent and a leading opponent of Maryland's gambling provision argue their positions in Patch's Local Voices section.
"Arguments for the facility echo the ones I have made: that it will create jobs, generate revenue, and establish a destination with world class amenities that serves both residents and tourists," Baker wrote.
"The “staggering hypocrisy” of casino owners funding an anti-casino referendum was recently highlighted by Matt Yglesias in this article in Slate. But the ads are more than hypocritical: They actually disprove themselves. The millions of dollars pouring into the campaign against Question 7 prove why we should vote for it."
But Franchot maintains that the money won't help Maryland education.
"Independent groups have taken a look at the claim gambling expansion will increase funding for education and have reached the same conclusion I have: It will NOT mean more money for the classroom," he writes.
See their full posts here:
- Point: "Yes" On Question 7
- Counterpoint: Question 7 Is a Bad Deal for Maryland and Should Be Rejected
For a look at the major points on the gambling initiative, read our Patch primer on Question 7.