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Maryland Chamber of Commerce supports slot vote

30 April 2008

MARYLAND -- As reported by the Baltimore Business Journal: "The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind a November referendum to authorize slot machine gambling.

"The business group announced its support at a press conference Tuesday, stressing that if the referendum fails, it will be a $700 million hit to the state budget. The General Assembly approved a plan in a special session last November to put 15,000 slot machines at five sites across the state, but left it up to voters to put it into place.

"...The chamber was joined by the Maryland Teachers' Association and Maryland Association of Counties, together emphasizing the importance of education spending. About half of the slots revenue is slated to go toward education, expected to total $660 million by fiscal year 2013, according to the chamber..."

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