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Virginia governor nixes slot idea

21 November 2007

VIRGINIA -- As reported by the Washington Times: "Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said it is "extremely unlikely" that the state will follow Maryland's attempt to legalize slot-machine gambling to generate revenue.

"...The governor made his comments before the Maryland General Assembly agreed early yesterday morning to Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to put 15,000 slot machines in five locations. The proposal by Mr. O'Malley, also a Democrat, was in part an attempt to help save the state's struggling horse-racing industry by fattening purses and keeping Marylanders from spending their gambling money in neighboring Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

"...Similar plans have failed in Virginia, which faces a projected shortfall of $641 million by next summer as a result of a slowing economy and forecasting errors in the governor's projected budget..."

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