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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Maryland Ballot Question for the Expansion of Gambling

Oct 15, 2012

Ballot question 7, which has been advertised daily, would expand gambling in Maryland, “for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education.”

Really?

The Lottery was also supposed to do that. So was Keno. But no “extra” funding materialized. Maryland budgets a certain amount for education. Any amount that went over that didn’t go to increase what the schools got. Instead, it freed the tax money up to be used in other ways like giving tax cuts and subsidies to big business.

Schools do need more money to pay the salaries of more experienced teachers. And to make class size smaller. More money is also needed for updated text books and repairing school buildings.

But more money from gambling will not increase what Maryland schools get, as already seen from past experience. In fact, this ballot question will merely decide which big casino group, the old or the new, gets to collect the big money. Why should we choose either group?