O’Malley vs. Trump on Online Gambling

Governor Martin O’Malley appears to want to protect a state-run monopoly (the lottery and slots) at the expense of private business owners.

The Daily Caller has more:

Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump wants to get into the online gambling business, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization, suggests it would be a revenue generator for governments.

Critics argue, however, that an online gambling bill sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton would actually divert critical revenue away from the states, and to the federal government.

Barton’s bill would legalize online gambling on a federal level. Trump is said to be lobbying hard for its passage.

O’Malley’s opposition is also noted:

Fearing the deficit reduction super committee would use the Barton bill to tackle the deficit, Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley sent a letter to the committee’s members. In the letter, O’Malley articulated possible negative effects to his state, should the bill pass.

“In Maryland, for example, federalized poker and casino gambling would put at risk the $519 million annually we generate from our state lottery — our state’s fourth largest source of revenue — and jeopardize the jobs and survival of lottery retailer, many of which are small businesses,” wrote O’Malley.

O’Malley said that states have traditionally regulated the gambling industry, and used proceeds on under-funded educational programs. The bill could draw millions of dollars away from schools, he wrote, and jeopardize the jobs of 500 employees who enjoy “good wages and benefits.”

While Ivanka Trump articulated her belief that the bill would create jobs, O’Malley appears unconvinced that they would be Maryland jobs.

“Many of us in the states already face significant budget deficits. Federalizing internet poker and casino games would serve to widen these deficits — and therefore threaten our nation’s fragile jobs recovery,” wrote O’Malley.

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