Podcast: Slots pushed for National Harbor

March 19, 2012 at 6:00 am

Union leader Mark Coles talks about the jobs a casino at National Harbor.

Union leader Mark Coles talks about the jobs a casino at National Harbor will bring to Prince George's County.

Some want Maryland to expand slot machine gambling, and one possible site is National Harbor in Prince George’s County. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the proposal Friday. Here is a podcast with a proponent of the new site, and opposition from the developer from the casino at Arundel Mills.

Labor leaders, like Mark Coles of the Washington DC Building Trades Council, support slots at National Harbor.  He recently spoke at a rally in favor of the proposal.

Other potential sites include Rosecroft Race-Way and the former site of the Capital Center.

Those about to open the Maryland Live slots facility at Arundel Mills Mall are opposed to expanding the number of gambling locations, but would be in favor of adding table games to existing sites.  Here’s Joe Wineberg of PPE Casino Resorts, the group developing Maryland Live, speaking at the hearing. He said the National Harbor site would hurt the prospects for his facility.

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