Podcast: Slots pushed for National Harbor

Podcast: Slots pushed for National Harbor

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

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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Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

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