Bromwell Proposes Slots Alternative to Gas Tax

The expansion of gambling to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport would provide money to highway projects, according to the Perry Hall Democrat.


Del. Eric Bromwell is gambling that this is the year the General Assembly passes his bill expanding slot machines to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

This is the fifth year the Perry Hall Democrat has proposed placing machines at the airport. Bromwell said his plan is an alternative to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed increase in the .

If approved, the machines would be housed in a room inside the airport.

"It was never the intent to have machines lining the walls at the airport," he said.

Bromwell said the idea is to "capture dollars from travelers who pass through the airport before they take off."

"Every month BWI records record travelers," said Bromwell. "They have money to spend."

Bromwell is the lead sponsor on two bills that would expand gambling to the airport. The first is an amendment to the state constitution allowing the expansion. The second, which has 40 co-sponsors, authorizes the machines at the airport.

Under federal law, money from gambling at airports must be used for transportation projects. Bromwell said his plan is more palatable than the alternatives.

"I have more sponsors than ever," Bromwell said. "People realize we need an alternative to the gas tax or an increase in vehicle registration fees."

Tim February 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
There is such a thing as a conservative Democrat, you know :) Think they call em' Blue Dogs. There's also progressive Republicans. Usually. Not in this current House of Rep though. Which is probably why they get nothing done, and have an approval rating three times as bad as our President.
JustABill February 09, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Gee Tim, The way you word your the completely irrelevant second part of your comment makes it sound like that 10% approval rating for congress has nothing to do with the Democrat controlled Senate that continues to block one bill after another even when the Democrats also controlled the house. But why let a few pesky facts get in the way of a good liberal talking point.
Tim February 09, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Everyone knows the House controls the money, Bill. The buck stops in the House. Besides, the Senate Republicans brought filibustering to epic levels since 2008. See here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/the-rise-of-cloture-how-gop-filibuster-threats-have-changed-the-senate.php. Finally, calling me a liberal based on one point only further demonstrates ignorance. The liberals on this board sure wouldn't call me one of their own, for example, when I tell them that illegal immigrants should be shown the door - not have their college tuition paid for. They also wouldn't call me "one of their own" when I tell people 'Obamacare" was a terrible mistake. Not only can this Government not run healthcare properly (They can't even handle Medicare), but they implemented this at the worst economic time period possible. Pure idiocy. My views don't completely fall into either party because, quite honestly, both parties are tragically flawed.
JustABill February 11, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Tim, I apologize for causing you to think I was calling you a liberal by calling the second part of your comment "a good liberal talking point" because that was not my intent. The first sentence of your comment was spot on, but the second part was unnecessary and not even relevant to this issue. As you have seen when there is even the slightest opposition to the liberal agenda here in Maryland people such as P.A. love to spin the conversation off into a litany of unrelated topics with their redundant liberal rhetoric. Delegate Bromwell has a brilliant counter to Gov. Owe'Malley's insane sales tax expansion and I was just concerned that you were trying to misdirect the topic by injecting something to utterly irrelevant into the conversation.
Ken j. Bower February 12, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Excellent idea to use the slots money, but I also hope they pass a bill to keep Governor O'Malley and the Dumocracts from raiding the funds so they take these stupid trips overseas...


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