FOREST HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA) -- With less than two weeks until the election, the two sides of Maryland's Question 7 debate were ramping up their campaigns on Thursday.
In Forest Heights, Comptroller Peter Franchot led a rally against the referendum, which, if approved, would allow table games at the Maryland's existing casinos and pave the way for the construction of another casino, this one on the grounds of the National Harbor in Prince George's County, where former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry is helping lead the charge in favor of the referendum.
Curry says a vote for Question 7 is a vote for thousands of new jobs at the new casino and for tens of millions of additional dollars each year for the Maryland Education Trust Fund, which, by law, is one of the primary beneficiaries of gambling revenue in the state.
"This is an unprecedented opportunity to achieve goals that we've had for many, many years," Curry insisted.
Those opposed to Question 7 vigorously disagree, saying most casino jobs pay very little money and that, in fact, even though casino revenues have been added to the Education Trust Fund, state spending on education has not changed since casinos came to Maryland, and they don't expect it to change if a casino is added at the National Harbor.
"Any dollars coming from the casino into education in Maryland only replace existing school dollars, netting no change for education funding," Franchot said.