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March 18, 2009

Arundel residents don't want slots at the mall

The Center for the Study of Local Issues at the Anne Arundel Community College conducted a survey last week that found extremely low support for the plan to put a slots parlor at Arundel Mills Mall, which now looks like all but a foregone conclusion. Just 17 percent of those surveyed approved of the plan, while 44 percent said they wished slots had gone to the Laurel racetrack instead. Some other interesting results from the survey:

  • The economy is far and away the most important issue in Anne Arundel County. Forty-eight percent of poll respondants said it was the most important, with taxes coming in a distant second at 10 percent.
  • A majority (54 percent) don't want to repeal the death penalty.
  • Fifty-four percent favored an increase in the alcohol tax.
  • A whopping 83 percent want a law against texting while driving.
  • President Obama's approval rating in the county is 53 percent. (He got 48 percent of the vote in Anne Arundel in November.)
  • And in a potentially troubling sign for County Exec. John Leopold, who's up for re-election next year, 47 percent of Arundel residents think the county is on the right track, down from 52 percent last October. (Not terrible numbers, of course, but it would be better if they were going in the other direction.)

The random sample of 625 county residents was conducted March 9-12. There is a 4 percent margin of error.

Posted by Andy Green at 6:10 AM | | Comments (18)
        

Comments

I can't blame them one bit.
This is a Mall for goodness sake. Slots have no place in a shopping mall, period, end of rant.


Slots are the savior exclaimed your hero MOM!
Slots at the mall!
What a farce!
Arundel Mills is family fare-
slots will destroy that identity for the mall.
Let's thank the 3 Stooges in Annapolis for that!
Of course Annapolis should have approved slots under Ehrlich's watch but this fact always escapes mention
by you three-do you three run each post past OMalley's, Busch's and Miller's staff first!
Those three are destroying this state!

The intent of the voters was to get get $600 million a year (an insane number from the start) for schools and to have "limited slots at the tracks." Is that what we are getting? Doesn't look that way to me.

The time to admit that this experiment has failed is NOW.

Um, not only is this a mall but the place has more crime and most. Adding slots would be another stab to the area. This mall already has enough issues, lets not add more.

Look around Arundel Mills...muggers in the parking lot and beggars at most of the traffic lights. Most nights the food court looks like the teen mothers club. Harmans is across the street with a trailer park and a bunch of rundown houses on Ridge Chapel Road with junk in the yards. How could a slots parlor possibly make this place any worse?

Interesting how O'mally felt that slots were bad before he became gov. Now he wants them in a family mall. Maybe place them next to the movies so ppl sink more money before buying high priced food.

The intent of the voters was to get get $600 million a year (an insane number from the start) for schools and to have "limited slots at the tracks." Is that what we are getting? Doesn't look that way to me.

Umm, thats NOT what was on the referendum. If anybody voted for it thinking that what they were getting they were idiots. Thats why I voted against it, even though I spport slots in general.

Of course Annapolis should have approved slots under Ehrlich's watch but this fact always escapes mention
by you three-do you three run each post past OMalley's, Busch's and Miller's staff first!
Those three are destroying this state!


Jay, I voted for Ehrlich twice, but he also screwed up the slots issue big time. He should hve waited until his second year in office to propose slots instead of tossing in a poorly written bill just a couple of weeks into his administration. Also, he should never have allowed Timonium and Ocean Downs to be off limits for discussion on slots locations. But if the NRA had not run Cas Taylor out of office as Speaker of the House, we would have had slots under Ehrlich. Instead, Taylor got replaced by an anti-slots Republican in his district and an anti-slots Democrat (and not one more favorably disposed toward pro-gun legislaton, I might add) as Speaker of the House. That, and not The Baltimore Sun, is the real reason why Ehrlich didn't get slots legislation.

62% of the voters in Anne Arundel county approved the constitutional amendment. Now they're squealing that they bought a pig in a poke?

Surveys such as this only represent the actual people surveyed and usually reflect the bias of the surveyers. Most of the folks I talk to think the Mills is a far better spot than the racetrack: closer to the city; closer to better roads; other attractions are nearby; etc. Do you think there is no crime in Laurel? near the track? wake up!!! Also, Cordish will do a class A job. He's done that before- the Magna crowd is about to disappear. The Mills location will generate lots of bucks for the State and the county. I wonder if those surveyed can find another source of money? Let's get on with it! Time is money!!!!

Thanks for the update Edd.
Personally I can't stand the NRA!
NRA stands for the big business/money of guns, nothing else!
Supposedly There was a deal slots and a sales tax increase from Miller
and Ehrlich said no! Slots at race tracks yes-but the referendum I was against! Annapolis just doesn't have the stones to do their job!

First of all Cheap Jim the slots bill was to make slots at RACETRACKS only. So don't complain about a pig in a poke. Second of all, Anonymous, the Harmans, Hanover Severn area is one of the fastest growing areas in the county. Aproximately 70,000 people live in the Harmans, Severn, Hanover, and Odenton area. Check the census. 28,000 jobs are coming in from BRAC. Yes this is a VERY crowded area. But your cheerful and delightful view of this area would make a snotty hankey look good. Don't throw stones ok?

First of all Cheap Jim the slots bill was to make slots at RACETRACKS only. So don't complain about a pig in a poke. Second of all, Anonymous, the Harmans, Hanover Severn area is one of the fastest growing areas in the county. Aproximately 70,000 people live in the Harmans, Severn, Hanover, and Odenton area. Check the census. 28,000 jobs are coming in from BRAC. Yes this is a VERY crowded area. But your cheerful and delightful view of this area would make a snotty hankey look good. Don't throw stones ok?

I myself do not want slots at the mall . I would like to comment on the comment about a trailer park across the street from the mall. In happen to live in a mobile home down the street from the mall. So are you saying that people in trailer parks are trashy? I would like to let you know most of the people that live in mobile homes are middle class hard working people, and I do not consider them a contributing factor to the criem at the mall. I guess you consider yourself as upperclass. Maybe your area contributes to the crime at the mall

mchris, please tell me exactly which slots bill you are referring to. The Ehrlich bills included Pimlico and some combination of Laurel/Rosecroft, but NEVER included Timonium or Ocean Downs. And they ALWAYS included provisions for non-track locations in Western and northeast Maryland. As for the version that we voted on in the last election, it dropped Pimilico and (I think) Rosecroft frm the list, added more off track sites and said that Laurel was just one POSSIBLE sight in Anne Arundel, NOT the only sight. You need to get your facts straight.

Edd-first of all I never mentioned a specific slots bill. Erlich bill or O'Malley bill is not the topic. Laurel Park appears to be out of the running but that is not the topic. Arundel Mills Mall draws about 12 million people a year and yes it is crowed. But if you navigate right you can pretty much find a parking spot. What will happen if a casino goes in? FOUR THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIFITY MACHINES? Where will the casino be built? David Cordish envisions a "billion dollar" industry in this. Where will people park? What will this casino do to the mall? Don't ever put words in my mouth. The Harmans, Severn, Hanover and Odenton area has about 70,000 people in it's radius-check the census. Then, add 28,000 jobs from BRAC and if you put the casino in what will happen? You assume stuff I never said EDD so YOU need to read better. My comment was also directed toward Cheap Jim so how did you assume I was making comments about a particular bill?

The slots at the mall are the only good option. It is a strong commercial destination with hotels, which attract higher end shopping. Unlike racetracks, slots with shopping located next to the facilities happen to have the best revenues. To not support the location is just ignorant about how gambling works and what kinds of places are structurally sound.

Please take some time to learn the facts about the slots proposal:

www.stopslotsatamm.com

As mentioned by Councilman Cohen 'slots at Arundel Mills is like putting a corset on a elephant...you can try to squease it in but it does not quite fit.'

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