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Fixing the Casino Money Bait and Switch

January 22, 2018

Democratic leadership in Annapolis offer multiple years of continued status quo, Mary Washington offers justice now.



When state voters went to the polls in 2008 to vote on slot machines, Question 2 was only approved because it was for the primary purpose of providing funds to public schools. Pro-gambling ads in 2012 featuring Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Jonathan Ogden talked about pumping millions of dollars into our schools. The pro-gambling groups outspent their opponents 7-1, spending over seven million dollars in advertisements.


What ultimately emerged was not what people thought they had approved. The specific Education Trust Fund language passed created a bait and switch, “(c) Money in the Education Trust Fund shall be used to: (1) provide funding for public elementary and secondary education, through continuation of the funding and formulas established under the programs commonly known as the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act.”


What this means is that Casinos don’t add a single cent to education