As Maryland lawmakers meet in a special legislative session on the state budget, a union rally calls for another special session in order to address the expansion of gambling.
Following heated debate in special session Tuesday, Maryland senators passed an income tax increase on residents who make at least six figures, a measure that is expected to pass the House of Delegates Wednesday.
Outside, a labor union rally called for a second special session so lawmakers can discuss the expansion of casino gambling in the state in order to create jobs and generate tax revenue. Supporters say building a casino at National Harbor in Prince George’s County would create 5,000 jobs and rake in millions for the state. Building a billion-dollar casino at National Harbor would generate about $60 million for the county.
Building gaming sites also could get hundreds of workers off the unemployment rolls, labor organizers said.
Timing is important, and supporters would like to see the question put to voters through a referendum in November.
Gov. Martin O’Malley seems open to the idea of a second special session as well as a commission to study gaming.
Some lawmakers told News4 they’re willing to return for a second special session.