It’s official: West Virginia weighs in against Question 7 to protect Charles Town Casino at Maryland’s expense
BALTIMORE – Today, West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave officially weighed in the debate against Question 7 in an effort to protect its cash cow at Charles Town. cheap cialis tablets
=55837″>In an article posted on West Virginia Headline News and Talk Radio, Musgrave was quoted as saying:
“We’re hoping that the folks over there will vote down that issue because it will have an impact on our facility at Charles Town.”
For months, Penn National has waged a multi-million dollar ad campaign against Question 7 in an attempt to deceive Maryland voters and protect its bottom line at Charles Town in West Virginia.
“The same out of state company that is spending millions of dollars and employing questionable tactics in an effort to defeat Question 7 is touting jobs in three other states where it has proposed casinos,” said Kristen Hawn, spokesperson for For Maryland Jobs and Schools. “It is evident that Penn National will go to any length to protect its Charles Town Casino in West Virginia, even if it means lying to Maryland voters, funneling money through front groups and paying elected officials to support its campaign.”
In Massachusetts Penn National says:
“’Our proposed $807 million destination casino resort will be the centerpiece of a revitalization of [Springfield, Massachusetts] and bring thousands of new permanent jobs, significant unionconstruction jobs and millions of tax dollars to the region,’ company chairman Peter Carlino said.” [Source: “Penn National unveils $807M Springfield casino plan,” Boston Globe, 10/11/12]
And in Louisiana, Penn National says:
“Penn National Gaming projects that the proposed Hollywood Casino, Harvey would generate approximately $30 million in annual gaming taxes for the State of Louisiana and another $8 million for Jefferson Parish. In addition, construction of the project’s first phase is expected to create over 1,000 construction jobs in Louisiana. Once in operation, Hollywood Casino, Harvey expects to fill approximately 600 positions in the first phase alone. Penn National Gaming has also committed to a 25 percent target rate for minority and women’s business enterprise participation for the construction phase of the project.
“’The Jefferson Parish Council’s resolution underscores the community leadership’s belief that a new gaming facility in the Parish will generate much-needed jobs and tax revenues to support local citizens while cleaning up an environmentally damages and blighted area of Harvey,’ said Peter Carlino, Penn National Gaming Chairman and CEO.” [Source: Business Wire, 1/13/11]
And in Texas, Penn National says:
“’Texas is getting fleeced by our neighbors,’ [Penn National’s Texas consultant John T.] Montford wrote. ‘I firmly believe that bringing back the billions of dollars that are leaving Texas and going to our neighbor states is a service to our state. The legislature should let us vote to stop it.” [Source: Gambling Compliance, 10/12/12]
“’I was driving back to Texas on the I-35 (interstate highway) and just before I crossed the border, I noticed a parking lot at a casino in Oklahoma that must have had 5,000 cars. I was amazed because almost all of the license tags on the cars were from Texas,’ [Penn National’s consultant John T.] Montford said.” [Source: Gambling Compliance, 10/12/12]