"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Gambling in Maryland

This week the Maryland General Assembly was called back for its second special session since the regular session ended in mid-April.  The first special session was to raise taxes.  This session is to approve a  video lottery facility (slots) in Prince Georges County at National Harbor (much to the dismay of those slots facilities already struggling) and to allow existing slots facilities to have table gaming.  They will also consider legislation establishing strict regulations on dog owners for injury caused by dangerous dogs, such as pit bulls.  Really?  With all of the pressing issues facing our State, they are going to deal with dog owner liability and gambling.    As far as I am concerned they are 0 for 2 in good reasons in calling special legislative sessions.  Remember, this is the same State that sold the 250 acre Rocky Gap Resort for $6.8 million and wrote off $41 million with a promise by the new owners to build a 300-room hotel and a 50,000 sq. ft. casino through an investment of another $52 million.   The new owners have since said that they couldn't get financing for the hotel and casino additions.  What a deal for the new owners.  Sometimes, I truly wonder why the State does the things that it does.  I am sure that some think the same of some of the decisions made at WMHS; the difference is the WMHS decisions all are made with sound reasoning and judgment, well, at least to me.

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