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Mar 15, 2013

Prince George’s County budget includes furloughs

UPPER MARLBORO — Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker is calling for up to five unpaid furlough days to address a $152 million budget gap. Baker proposed a $2.7 billion budget Thursday that would essentially keep overall spending flat. It includes modest increases for schools and public safety and cuts for public libraries, the health […]

Nov 7, 2012

Gambling opens door to full-fledged casinos in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — Once reluctant to embrace large-scale gambling, Maryland is now on track to potentially become a major casino state on the East Coast, after voters decided to allow Las Vegas-style table games at six casinos, including one next to the nation’s capital. At first, Maryland lawmakers were leery of full-fledged casinos. In 2007, after […]

Nov 7, 2012

Question 7 prevails in tight referendum race

Despite it still being mathematically possible that Question 7 could fail, campaign staff for Maryland's expanded gambling law believe it's unlikely vote totals from the final 20 percent of non-reporting precincts will flip the measure's slim margin of apparent approval.

Nov 5, 2012

Politicians make final push on ballot questions

Maryland’s elected officials are making a final push for various state ballot questions. Gov. Martin O’Malley and other supporters of expanded gambling appeared Monday in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and state lawmakers joined the governor, urging voters to approve the measure, which they say will keep millions of gambling dollars[...]

Aug 2, 2012

Lt. Gov. Brown to discuss health enterprise zones

OXON HILL — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be holding a public forum on an initiative to try to improve health care in underserved areas. The forum is being held Thursday evening in Oxon Hill. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker also is expected to attend. The state budget includes $4 million to create a […]

Jul 16, 2012

O’Malley hopeful on special session for gambling

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday he believes progress is being made toward reaching a consensus to hold a special session this summer to expand gambling. The governor told reporters after meeting with local officials that a House of Delegates proposal to create a gaming commission to set the state’s tax rates on gambling […]

Jul 13, 2012

O’Malley to meet on gambling expansion

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is planning to meet with local officials next week to talk about the potential for holding a special session to expand gambling in Maryland. Raquel Guillory, an O’Malley spokeswoman, confirmed Friday the governor is scheduled to meet with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and […]

Jun 6, 2012

Prince George’s Co. to monitor gun offenders

UPPER MARLBORO  — People convicted of gun crimes in Prince George’s County will soon be required to register with police, check in regularly and submit to home visits from officers. Prince George’s County Council members unanimously passed a bill Tuesday authorizing police to operate a gun-offender registry. County Executive Rushern L. Baker says he plans […]

Apr 9, 2012

Md. lawmakers fail to approve expanded gambling

ANNAPOLIS — Lawmakers have adjourned after failing to approve a bill to expand gambling to include table games, although the measure could be considered if a special session is called by the governor. The Maryland General Assembly adjourned at midnight Monday. The bill would have allowed table games at five casino sites currently allowed under […]

Mar 14, 2012

Hearing set for Prince George’s casino legislation

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland House panel has scheduled a hearing for later this week on a bill that would allow a high-end casino in Prince George’s County. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker has backed a plan that would put the casino at National Harbor, next to the Potomac River and close to the nation’s […]

Feb 27, 2012

Owner says Rosecroft Raceway’s future depends on slots

FORT WASHINGTON — Owners of Rosecroft Raceway say slots or other casino-style gambling are essential to their plan for the horseracing track to survive. Penn National Gaming bought the bankrupt track last year for $12 million and reopened it to racing with hope that it could expand gambling there. Now, the company could be eliminated […]

Feb 16, 2012

P.G. County Exec. Baker backs National Harbor casino idea

ANNAPOLIS — Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker’s administration outlined support Thursday to build a luxurious Las-Vegas-style casino on the Potomac River at National Harbor near the nation’s capital that would cost about $1 billion. A consultant hired by the Baker administration concluded that National Harbor was an overwhelmingly preferred location in the county. [...]

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