Poll: What's the Best Location for a Prince George's Casino?

Is National Harbor or elsewhere your pick? Let us know!

Now that Maryland's expanded gambling bill has been approved, Casino gambling in Prince George's County is one step closer to becoming reality. Maryland voters will have the final say on November's ballot referendum.

But if voters approve, what's the best location for a new casino in Prince George's?

National Harbor is the most-often mentioned and favored by County Executive Rushern L. Baker. However, other locations, including Rosecroft Raceway and Largo, also have been bandied about.

What's your opinion on the best location for a casino in Prince George's County?  Take our poll to cast your "vote!"

Jackie W. August 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM
It would be nice to keep the horse racing and casino at one location. Rosecroft Raceway would it be the better place for a casino.
Betsy Marks Delaney August 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
How about an option for "Nowhere" along with the rest? Other location doesn't cut it. I am against casinos and have voted against any referenda to that effect. I will vote against Question 7 when I have the opportunity in November.
tcmitssr August 23, 2012 at 04:11 PM
All the way in favor FOR Question 7! A definite win for everyone and something out gutless Governor and Democratic legislature should have approved when the original casino bill was approved years ago so the full casinos would be up and running now. 5,000 plus jobs will be created. Money now going to other states will remain in Maryland. We'll get business from VA and DC. Money for education, money to lower taxes, money for more jobs....P.G. County should not have an override vote against the rest of the state as well. This bill is a ***BIG VOTE IN FAVOR OF QUESTION 7!***
Kap Kapastin August 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
See the documentary on the MD Slots Referendum filmed in 2008: "Losing to Win" at http://youtu.be/RWi2lp2bkVU
tcmitssr August 23, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Oh the unfortunate liberals who want to continue the "tax and tax and spend more" philosophy begun by Spendening and sent into space by our wannabe President, Gov. O'Malley. Every day we don't have full casinos running, Maryland loses jobs and revenues, plain and simple, to other states. The unfortunate aspect is P.G. County gets a veto over the rest of the state which is ridiculous! Vote yes for casinos! Vote yes for overturning the President O'Malley's Congressional redistricting map! Vote no on the Dream Act. - It's hard enough for citizens to pay for state colleges. Vote no on Gay Marriage - Marriage is 1 man and 1 woman. Civil unions are ok!
Michael B. Cron August 23, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I have a great location in mind. How about Atlantis and I do not mean the one in the Bahamas either! Please vote no to question 7. Let our legislators balance their screwed up budget the old fashioned way, by using their "brains". They got us into this mess; they need to get us out. If we allow more casinos to be built in this state, the only thing we are advocating is to give our state legislators cart blanch to waste even more money. The money will never go to where it is needed most. Building casinos to balance the budget is like trying to fix a crack in the Hoover Dam with a band-aid! The budget will never be balanced. Our taxes will never decrease but they will definitely continue to increase! That is one of the two guarantees in life. The other one is death. Atlantic City New Jersey is a perfect example of why casinos do not improve the surrounding community. It has been and continues to be a dump.
tcmitssr August 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Jobs, jobs, jobs, Revenues that remain in Maryland Revenues that come into Maryland from VA, DC and other states. Casinos should have been opened when the first nearby state began its own, years ago. The "dumps" come from losing the jobs and the revenue of Maryland residents leaving the state to gamble.
Viola Posthuma August 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM
It says a lot about a community and society -- what they do want to provide for its citizens and how they want to pay for it. Gambling is not the way to fund education or other public services. You get what you pay for and we should be willing to pay in an honest way. As for jobs think about the quality of jobs being provided not just in the short term but in the long term.
J Goodall August 25, 2012 at 02:09 PM
With all due respect for those that support Gaming in Prince Georges County, we as voters must consider all the facts and ask some very real questions. Especially, when the Md Comptoller Peter Franchot warns that "There never was a fiscal or an economic rationale for reconvening the Maryland General Assembly for its third special session in less than a year. Any revenues that will be generated by a new casino in Prince George's County will take several years to materialize and, if the past is any indication, have been drastically overestimated by gambling supporters and legislative analysts. Furthermore, any modest revenues that will result from this new MGM casino will be offset to a large extent by the deep tax cuts that have been awarded by the legislature to MGM's in-state competitors. Finally, lawmakers have been duly warned that it would be grossly premature to break ground on a sixth gambling casino without knowing if the marketplace could even support the ones we already have." then Prince Georgians should ask who really wins with this proposal and why couldn't it wait? If Prince Georgians vote against the referendum in November it only impacts having a 6th casino, the remainder of the states voting population will decide on all other contents of the referendum i.e. table games. What is the cost to those that have businesses or live in the proposed area? What will be the cost to Prince Georges County?
tcmitssr August 25, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Gambling is a way to pay for programs that is no different than: a sales tax, an increase in the state income tax and only on *some* individuals* namely the highest payers who earn the most, an increase in auto registration fees or any other way. Gambling is legal and honest. You may want to state your argument in its proper question for yourself. For you, Viola, it's a question of whether it's ethical. We can debate that until the cows come home. Gambling was approved four years ago by Maryland in casinos with slots so it is definitely legal. We get large amounts of money from it and it pays the freight for a number of state and local services. If Maryland did not tax its most successful wage earners as high as it does, perhaps the state would be in better shape. Do you know Maryland (proudly!) ranks #1 in the flight of those earning over $250,000.plus a year from it? No other state comes close to driving entrepreneurs and successful small businesspeople from it than Maryland. The quality of casino based jobs is outstanding and why would you think, much less say otherwise? They teach the necessary skills for good paying jobs as casino game operators, repair people, greeters etc. For the undereducated, blue collar worker, a casino is a fantastic place to learn a new skill and keep a job for what may be decades. For educated workers, laid off because of O'Malley's economic policies that lost so many white collar jobs, casinos provide solid management.
tcmitssr August 25, 2012 at 02:25 PM
"Md Comptoller Peter Franchot warns" - that's says enough right there than to seriously listen to this bastion of uber liberalism who is already running for Governor and has been the past two years. P.G. County, with one of the largest unemployment rates in the state, can have thousands of well-paying and great jobs from a casino and all the other businesses in the service industry that a casino would bring and anchor. If the county wants to cut off its nose and spite its face, so be it - let the welfare continue and grow! Please though don't quote "experts" like Franchot and his ilk. They simply spout the typical liberal pablum because they would rather raise income taxes on higher wage earners and the middle class instead of finding other revenue streams and cutting taxes for those who carry the heaviest tax freight for this state. If we don't start generating revenue, we'll never have it in the future. You have to laugh at Franchot's logic there as he has none.
Ed James August 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Kap's documentary is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWi2Ip2bkVU
tcmitssr August 25, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Whenever a liberal is losing a discussion, typically they point to a documentary. Sorry Ed, much as I respect you.....full casinos are great for Maryland both for the jobs/careers they provide as well as the revenue streams from them that we're losing to other states and are now beginning to keep in Maryland for our own good.
Ed James August 25, 2012 at 07:04 PM
@tcmitssr, in case you missed it, I'm not even participating in the discussion beyond correcting somebody else's URL error. This is a public service I'd do for anyone, even a conservative, should he/she be winning a discussion.
tcmitssr August 25, 2012 at 07:23 PM
"@tcmitsssr" when did "Patch" become "Twitter," Ed? ;-) Seriously, no offense intended. You're one of the good guys whether we agree on not on any issue. I didn't catch your simple correction of the url. My apologies.


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