Stop Slots Maryland
Stop Slots Maryland is a group opposed to the implementation of slot machines, and other forms of gambling in the state of Maryland.
They oppose measures such as Maryland Casino Measure (2008).
- Aaron Meisner, Chairman of Stop Slots Maryland, promised a group of MoCo activists today that his organization would wage an aggressive campaign to defeat the slots referendum. What is his plan and will it work?
- Meisner made his remarks at a public meeting of Progressive Neighbors, a liberal group based in Silver Spring and Takoma Park. He started by noting that most recent slots referenda have failed, a point previously demonstrated by Free State Politics blogger Eric Luedtke. So while slots have a 60%+ favorability in Maryland polls, victory is possible.
- "We can win, but it won't be easy," Meisner said. "It's not easy to transform a grass-roots lobbying organizations into a statewide campaign. It's taking time to shift gears." Meisner indicated that the organization is recruiting political operators with statewide campaign experience in Maryland and is in heavy talks with several religious groups. He described the evolving coalition as a group of "strange bedfellows" including secular progressives, rural values voters and religious organizations. "It's a big challenge to get organized," he admitted.
Slots are a bad gamble for Maryland
They won’t produce promised revenue. They won’t save the racing industry. But they will cost us millions through gambling addiction, drug and alcohol abuse, crime and embezzlement from businesses, and broken families.
Slots will bring deadly addiction to Maryland families
These aren’t the old-fashioned slot machines from the fifties. The new breed of slot machines are controlled by a central computer with programming designed with one objective: to take your money. Research shows that addiction levels jump sharply when gambling is nearby. The industry’s own numbers show that one to two percent of gamblers will have an addiction problem. One in five will attempt suicide.
Slots isn’t going to be like James Bond at the casino.
It’s a hard-nosed business that targets the poor, the working class, and the elderly. The General Assembly used the recent Special Session to increase the massively regressive sales tax by 20%. And now they want to hurt vulnerable Marylanders once more with slots. Lottery tickets are mostly sold in poorer neighborhoods. Slots target the same people with a far more addictive product.