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March 26, 2011

House OKs slots money for track operation

The House of Delegates today gave initial approval to a governor-backed proposal to allow horse track owners to use slots revenue for day-to-day operating expenses instead of capital improvements.

Gov. Martin O'Malley sought the legislation after brokering a last-minute deal to keep horse racing alive in Maryland this year. Supporters say the bill aims to help the Maryland Jockey Club and Penn National Gaming, new owner of the Rosecroft harness-racing track, maintain full racing schedules amid financial struggles.

But opponents argue the racing industry has wasted state money by suing to block a casino at Arundel Mills Mall. The Jockey Club had sought Anne Arundel County's sole slots license for its Laurel Park race track.

The plan could gain final House approval Monday and remains under consideration in the Senate's Budget and Taxation Committee.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 1:24 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: 2011 legislative session, Slots


Why does Maryland continue to give welfare to millionaire horse owners??? If this money is supposed to fund education in Maryland, this is taking money from school kids and putting it in the pocket of gambling interest.

It's about time... slots is gambling, racing is gambling. They should be together. Unfortunately, it has not worked out that way. The Maryland Horse Industry provides a rich history and a lot of financial interest to the state of Maryland and we should protect it accordingly. Money does not fix problems in the schools. Giving outrageous amounts of money to the school system does nothing to help with issues that go deeper than education. All it does is fill the pockets of administrators.

Most MD horse owners are not millionaires. They are every day folk who have grown up with horses, often breeding, owning, training and galloping their own. Some own farms. They pay taxes. They have employ people who pay taxes. They buy their feed, hay, straw and tack from local businesses. Racing is their livelihood; not a sideline.

We all voted for specific percentages to go for education, racing, etc. One is not taking from the other.

The amount of money we give to the thoroughbred racing industry never ceases to amaze me.

It doesn't matter if these people are millionaires or not; if they pay taxes or not. They are engaged in running a business. If they are not successful, that does NOT mean they deserve handouts from the government.

Welcome to real life. Be productive or find something else to do. If the Jockey Club had gotten its act together earlier and secured the slots rights for their Laurel location then maybe they would be able to stick around in their old line of work.

I think the track had there chance and blew it. Why dont they investigat all of the money the blew fightinign against slots and th emall for one, 2 look at the money they blow on thier own expenses and thier law suits. that they hide, Investigate the employees they have forced out and have done wrongfull terminations on. Go out and talk to them and actually see how they are treated. why would karen De francis worry she has already started her own security company collecting on the track benefit, Tom Chuckas spending track money on his cover up of getting his secretary pregnant, and last of all Coleman who rans several buisnees thru his own comoany and now the other security director was forced to leave so willie can come back in and gain some more funds. Coleman has several other buisness that should be looked in as well the the thoudands of dollars the track pays him just to stop in every now and then, Have you ever scene the living conditions out theier , Talk about bed bugs well ther they are off the hook and they even manage to payy them off to. they hav eplenty of money to blew but cant put it up where it should be. check all of htiere spendings habits and other buisneess and see where the money goes. stop the free hand outs they played unfaire they lie and cheat and are a bunch of snakes and they deserve to be thrown out. If racing needs to stay in Maryland then let the state or cordish take it over. and besides doesn;t it state one license wo how much money is Penn outting in from Perryville. do we know or should I say would you ever be told the truth, I doubt it. they are a bunch of liars and i am glad they met theere match. If the gov thinkd they are worth it I guess him prepping for the president is out of the wuestions. the track and it;s owners are thought of as snakes and liars does the govenrner really want to be be labled with those evils thiefs and crocks. someone needs to talk to the ones they forced out, wrongfully terminated from , the family that ost thier baby when it fell from the window and died thatnthey bought out. and many many more stories.about time someone really did the story and exposed them for what tbey are, NO GOOD,

Amen to what John J. Walters said. Unlike public education (which the slots legislation was supposed to be all about), the horse racing industry is not essential to the public welfare. Those who are involved in it should be permitted to sink or swim on their own. If any of them become eligible for unemployment benefits, they'd be as entitled as anyone else. But they deserve nothing more from the state or the taxpaying public in general.

the tracks need to go under, they buy the bosses cars. will not pay traveling time from one track to the other, treat / talk to the little guys like trash,some of them have not had a raise in 10 yrs,but the bosses ask for a raise for hiself.a so called boss that spoke for a raise said he will walk over anyone to get what he wants,the condition pimlco is so bad it needs to be shut down befor it falls down some one gets hurt..john all you said is the state should not bail them out.

Funny, the media would have you believe slots would fund schools. But after they secure the people's vote, then they go ahead and change the deal up. Maybe we should include a clause that gives us the option to repeal the vote when the "agreement between the people and state is violated."

ok so md bail out the tracks will all of us who work ,live right, pay taxes will omally bail us out for all the money we lost in our 401k.that was the race tracks problem for spending money and cheating the employs out of hard earned pays. trying to fight mr. cornish.i bet the track owners put a lot lot of money in funds for those running for elections.the track needs to fold.

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