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Fact Checking Casino Ads

7:31 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Marylanders vote on a ton of big issues in November: same sex marriage, the Dream Act, congressional redistricting.

But they've all been swamped on tv by commercials for and against expanded gambling.

And a lot of those ads are misleading.

--"This casino is in West Virginia, but it makes millions off Marylanders every year. Now they're running dishonest ads. Why? Because voting for Question 7 is a vote to build a world class resort casino in Maryland."

Left unsaid is that the company funding that pro Question 7 ad is out of state too. It's MGM Resorts out of Las Vegas, which has the inside track on building a resort at National Harbor.

--"Creating thousands of jobs, and, according to the Department of Legislative Services, hundreds of millions for our schools, while saving taxpayer money by cutting casino subsidies."

By cutting casino subsidies, it sounds like the pro-Question 7 group means getting the casinos to buy their own slot machines.
The Washington Post calls that nonsense. Question 7 dramatically cuts TAXES on casino owners -- and that means taxpayers get a SMALLER share of the revenue.

--"If expanded gambling is such a great deal for Maryland, why did politicians negotiate with out of state casino operators in secret. Question 7 cuts taxes for billionaire special interests."

That anti- Question 7 ad is funded by Penn National. And it's apparently mad not just about it's casino in West Virginia. It's angry it's slots palace in Perryville, Maryland was the only one that didn't get a tax break.

--"Politicians promise Question 7 will create jobs. But we've heard these empty claims before. And a loophole allows politicians to get away with providing no add revenue to students in the classroom."

It's true that the slots palaces brought in fewer jobs -- and a whole lot less money -- than the experts predicted. But "loophole" in this anti Question 7 ad is a little weird. More money in the Education Trust Fund means politicians can cut money for education from the general fund. But is that really a loophole?

Bottom line, both sides are misleading and you can't believe everything you hear on tv.

Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
9News Now & wusa9.com
Twitter: @BruceLeshan


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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