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Stop Slots Prince George's

    1. Gerron Levi
    2. Petition by

      Gerron Levi


1. $132 to $376.2 Million Costs to Prince George’s Families Too Great
Thousands of video lottery terminals ("slots") in Prince George's County are estimated to create between 3,847 to 20,334 problem/pathological gamblers costing between $132.2 and $376.2 million dollars. Studies conducted throughout the U. S. have correlated gaming with heightened rates of problem and pathological gambling, higher rates of crime, elevated rates of personal/household bankruptcy, and strained personal and family relationships.

2. Young Black & Hispanic Men Most At-risk of Problem Gambling
About 1 in 30 Maryland adults have a gambling problem. And,
“People in the 18 to 29 age group appear most at risk of developing gambling problems. Being male, single, African-American or other races (primarily Hispanic) are associated with an increase in the odds of being at risk for problem/pathological gambling.”

3. The Slots Parlor is Proposed for A Foreclosure “Hot Spot”
Rosecroft Raceway (zip code: 20744) and National Harbor (20745), potential sites of the proposed casino/slot parlor are in Fort Washington, a community that has been deemed a foreclosure “hot spot” by the State of Maryland for the “very high” number of Notices of Intent to Foreclose filed on homeowners/property there.

4. Rosecroft  & National Harbor are Surrounded by “Severe” &“Very High” Foreclosure Hot Spots
The neighboring and nearby communities – Oxon Hills (zip code: 20745), Temple Hills (20748) and Capitol Heights (20743) are all “hot spots”. Prince George's County has 24.5% of all homes/homeowners in the State of Maryland that are at risk of foreclosure.

5. The Bodycount – Homicides in Prince George’s County in 2011
Over half of the murders in the county in 2011 occurred in four zip codes -- the Fort Washington/Oxon Hills zip codes that could house the casino 20744 and 20745, and nearby Temple Hills (20748) and Capitol Heights (20743). Over 40% of the murders during the January 2011 murder spree occurred in those communities.

6. Temple Hills & Capitol Heights - Cash Cows for National Gaming Interests
“Hot Spot” communities Temple Hills (20748) and Capitol Heights (20743) are 2 of the top 3 gambling zip codes in Maryland by lottery sales. They also represent over one-third of all Prince George’s murders in 2011. In 2002, in Capitol Heights alone, people bought $26 million worth of scratch-offs.

7. Prince George’s County #1 in Lottery Sales – A Nickel back on the $1
In 2002, Prince George’s County was the top grossing jurisdiction in lottery sales in Maryland, purchasing $277 million in lottery tickets out of a total $1.3 billion in sales across the state. In 2003, the state lottery provided $432 million to Maryland’s $22 billion operating budget. Prince George’s County got 16% ($703 million) of the state’s aid to local governments, including roughly a nickel back for education, public safety and other local services for every $1 spent on lottery tickets in Prince George's County.

8. Forbes’ Magazine’s 25 Worst Paying Jobs in America
Next to the high-paying biotechnology and health care jobs in Montgomery County and high technology jobs in Fairfax County, a slot parlor will re-brand Prince George’s County as the Washington Metropolitan area’s “gambling mecca” and promises to bring thousands of hourly jobs Forbes Magazine has branded among the 25 worst-paying jobs in America. According the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the median hourly wage for “gaming services workers” range from $5.76 to 9.03.

9. Local Businesses Suffer
Perhaps, Donald Trump summed it up best: "People will spend a tremendous amount of money in casinos, money that they would normally spend on buying a refrigerator or a new car. Local businesses will suffer because they lose customer dollars to the casinos."

10. Addicted Parents Put Their Children At Risk
In the summer of 2010, at just one casino there were 6 documented instances of kids left alone in a car while the adult gambled. A California couple left their newborn in a car while they gambled. Two weeks later, a Connecticut couple left their children in the car while they gambled at Foxwood Casino. A Philadelphia man left his toddler in car so he could play slots. In all three cases, the adults were arrested; some lost custody.

1. The Economic and Social Impacts of Racetrack Video Lottery Terminals on the City of Baltimore and Prince George’s County, Commissioned By:The Presidents’ RoundTable, Inc. & Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, Inc., Optimal Solutions Group (2004) 


2. Gambling Prevalence in Maryland: A Baseline Analysis, Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, July 2011 http://dhmh.maryland.gov/publicrelations/pr/pdfs/Gambling_Addiction_Study_letterhead_061011_final.pdf


3. Notice of Intent to Foreclose in Maryland, DLLR and DHCD, Office of Research, July 2011. http://www.dllr.state.md.us/finance/industry/pdf/noirptJuly2011.pdf

4. Notice of Intent to Foreclose in Maryland, DLLR and DHCD, Office of Research, July 2011. http://www.dllr.state.md.us/finance/industry/pdf/noirptJuly2011.pdf

5. Prince George's County Homicides 2011, Gazette.net. http://www.gazette.net/article/20111102/NEWS/711029277&template=gazette

6. Bitter Portrait: The Faces of Lottery Gamblers in Maryland. A report by the Legislative Office of Delegate Luiz R.S. Simmons (D) Montgomery County. Analysis by the Maryland Department of Planning. October 2003; Whitlock, Craig. Lottery Sales Highest Among the Poor, Study Says; Some County Areas Rank as State's Biggest Bettors, Washington Post, October 23, 2003.

7. Maryland Department of Legislative Services, Fiscal Briefing ( January 21, 2003) & 90-Day Report.
Calculation: 22% of the state’s $22.4 operating budget was aid to local governments in fiscal year 2004: $4.2 billion of state aid. Prince George’s County received $703 million, or 16%, of that total. By extrapolation, the state lottery contributed $432 million to the state’s operating budget, 22% ($95 million) was aid to local governments, of which 16% ($15.2 million) was the Prince George’s County share -- a total of 5.5% of $277 million in lottery ticket sales.

8. Maidment, Paul, America’s Best and Worst Paying Jobs, Forbes Magazine, May 20, 2006.
National Compensation Survey, Occupational Earning in the United States (2010), U.S Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Table 16). http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ncswage2010.pdf

9.   http://www.ccv.org/issues/gambling/

10. News from The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, Addicted Parents Put Their Children At Risk, Fall 2010. http://www.1800gambler.net/Portals/0/Fall%202010%20newsletter.pdf



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. How the Md. Senate voted on expanded gambling

      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      Here’s a look at how the senators voted:

      VOTING FOR THE BILL (23 Democrats, 5 Republicans)

      Benson, Joanne C. (D-Prince George’s),
      Currie, Ulysses (D-Prince George’s),
      Peters, Douglas J. J. (D-Prince George's)
      Rosapepe, James C. (D-Prince George’s)
      Miller, Thomas (D-Calvert)
      Edwards, George C. (R-Garrett),Ferguson, William C., IV (D-Baltimore),
      Forehand, Jennie M. (D-Montgomery),Garagiola, Robert J. (D-Montgomery),
      Getty, Joseph M. (R-Carroll),Jennings, J. B. (R-Baltimore County)
      Jones-Rodwell, Verna L. (D-Baltimore)
      Kasemeyer, Edward J. (D-Baltimore County),King, Nancy J. (D-Montgomery)
      Klausmeier, Katherine A. (D-Baltimore County),Madaleno, Richard S., Jr. (D-Montgomery)
      Manno, Roger (D-Montgomery),Mathias, James N., Jr. (D-Worcester)
      McFadden, Nathaniel J. (D-Baltimore),Middleton, Thomas M. (D-Charles)
      Pugh, Catherine E. (D-Baltimore), Robey, James N. (D-Howard),
      Stone, Norman R., Jr. (D-Baltimore County), Young, Ronald (D-Frederick),
      Zirkin, Robert A. (D-Baltimore County)

    3. The Plunder of Prince George's "$69 million"... (click on the link below)

      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      Keep you eye on the casino math! The "$69 milllion" that has been repeatedly "estimated" to be Prince George's take from any National Harbor slots parlor is about to change. Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and others want their share of it. After the giveaways to other jurisdictions and millionaire casino owners, will what is left be worth it given the social and infrastructure costs to the county?

    4. Update: Market Study on Gambling .....Like Stop Slots on Facebook

      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      Reportedly, Governor Martin O'Malley, Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller have all agreed to commission a high-level market study on gambling in Maryland to determine the impact on the state's gambling industry of adding a 6th casino site in Prince George's County. The purpose of the market study is to develop a formula that would compensate the other 5 casino sites and county jurisdictions, and mainly those in Anne Arundel County and Balitmore City, for the addition of a new site in Prince George's. It is thought that a "better" formula on how to divide any casino profits will garner enough votes from state lawmakers to place the issue on statewide ballot in November. No Prince George's politician wants this issue on the ballot in 2014 at the same time they are up for reelection for fear of a voter backlash. So, Prince George's lawmakers who are slots supporters want to force the issue this year!

    5. The Greed Factor.... "Annapolis lobbyists see big win from gambling"

      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      All of the state's top 10 lobbyists have a piece of casino expansion bill

      By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun

      A high-stakes bill to expand gambling in Maryland is still unsettled in Annapolis, but one thing is clear: Right now, the payout is going to lobbyists.

      Various casino interests have hired the state capital's best-known influence peddlers — including the 10 highest-paid lobbyists — to advance, shape or kill the legislation. Four of them used to work for Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. A fifth was chief of staff to House Speaker Michael E. Busch until late last year.

      "I've never seen anything like it before," said Del. Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat who chairs the House subcommittee overseeing the bill, which would allow table games and a sixth casino in the state. "I can't think of a single lobbyist who is not involved with it."

      See the full story: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-slots-lobbying-20120405,0,3520668,full.story

    6. Last Day of the Session in Annapolis Today....Contact Lawmakers TODAY

      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      Key decisions on whether to authorize slots/a casino in Prince George's County will be made today. Please call lawmakers today and urge them to oppose a casino in Prince George's County.
      In addition to your own delegate, you may also want to call the office of the Speaker of the House, Michael Busch, at: (301) 858-3800
      Contact Prince George's delegates here: http://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/delegates
      Contact any legislator by email here: http://mlis.state.md.us/mgaweb/mail32.aspx

      12 Prince George's delegates signed a letter to the Speaker of the House supporting slots in the county. See more here: http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/maryland/2012/04/majority-prince-georges-delegation-supports-slots/453796


      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      We are at the critical moment in the fight to block a casino in Prince George's County. SB 892 has passed the Senate and is now awaiting action in the House Ways & Means Committee. Please write and call your delegates and tell them to oppose: SB 892 and HB 1265.

      You can call the statehouse at: 301-858-3000 and be connected to your delegate.

      You can also e-mail from the website: www.mddemocracy.com

      State Delegates Carolyn Howard, Jolene Ivey, Justin Ross, Michael Summers and Jay Walker are all Members of the House Ways & Means Committee and are all supporting the casino. Urge them to oppose HB 1265 and SB 892.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Sunday's New York Times Magazine story: "Busted" on Foxwood Resort Casino

      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      As Prince George's County seeks to embrace casino gambling as the county's largest private employer, casinos elsewhere in the nation are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Read the story of Foxwood -- the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere.

    10. Pennsylvania

      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      Gambling Addiction is a new problem for counties

    11. Trends in state funding for gambling addiction

      Gerron Levi
      Petition Organizer

      Cash Off the Table For Gambling Addicts

    12. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sylvia Bryant TEMPLE HILLS, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      I live here and the money will not go to the schools. We as residents elected Executive Rashoun Baker who stated to the voters that he was not in favor of gaming in Maryland. He changed his position about gaming as being in favor of it as he was weak in his belief. The community at large will suffer and I live in the community that will be effected by low property values, unemployment and the increase in taxes to pay for those citizens who fall prey to gambling with the result of losing their current status/position in society.

    • Rev. Douglas Edwards CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      I do not relish the idea of slots in Prince George's County in the first place, but most importantly, if they were going to be such a tremendous benefit to the County, why is CE Leggit

    • Gloria Minor CLINTON, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      personal reasons; concerns about the impact on my neighbors.

    • Robert Hammond FORT WASHINGTON, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Casino's willnot improve our communities

    • Sandra Goins SPRINGDALE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      I've seen up close and personal how it destroys lives.


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