Long-term solutions to a city’s chronic problems are difficult, and by nature slow to bear fruit — so often in politics we gravitate to whatever will put us in the black the quickest and call it a win. So it is, in my opinion, with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s push for table games to be added to the state’s five casinos.
Rawlings-Blake went to Baltimore’s House delegation Tuesday night to make her case for the expansion of gambling in the state — which basically amounted to: Come on, guys! Baltimore really needs the money.
It seems the mayor saw her task not so much to convince the city’s delegates to vote against their conscience, but to vote against their political instincts. Rawlings-Blake urged them not to use this hotly contested issue for leverage with other causes such as building schools, and instead to go along with the program.
We should get a chance to see how it all pans out next week when we expect a special session that deals with the gambling issue.
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