The claims about education funding for Question 7 don’t add up

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FROM THE MARYLAND EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
The money is “largely a drop in the bucket,” said Sean Johnson of the Maryland State Education Association...
He went on to say: “When the Education Trust Fund increases, it has the net impact of being able to free up general fund money for the state to spend on other things…It could be public safety, it could be health care, it could be K-12, it could be higher ed., it could be any other state priority…that’s funded out of the general fund.”
Citation: Diamondback, September 18, http://www.diamondbackonline.com/ news/campus/article_712f5694-014e-11e2-b881-001a4bcf6878.html

FROM THE MARYLAND BUDGET AND TAX POLICY INSTITUTE
“Gambling Expansion does NOT Guarantee Increased School Funding”
“In the past, gambling dollars paid to schools have merely offset reductions in other state funds. This has helped balance the overall state budget, but has not increased resources for education.”
Citation: “Gambling bill summarized,” Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute, 8/10/12, http://marylandpolicy.blogspot.com/2012/08/gambling-bill-summarized.html

FROM THE BALTIMORE SUN
The misleading pitch for Question 7
“Of course, the ad doesn’t mention that the group who sponsored it — For Maryland Jobs & Schools Inc. — is a front for the gambling giant MGM, which stands to reap hundreds of millions if voters allow a sixth casino in Prince George’s County.” “Moreover, nothing in the law says that the state is actually required to spend more on education than it would have otherwise. More money in the education trust fund can mean — and heretofore always has meant — that less general fund money is sent to the schools, freeing it up for other purposes. That’s what happened with the lottery, keno and slots, and that’s what would happen if Question 7 passes.”
Citation: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-casinoads-20120906,0,1144073.story

It’s a huge loophole. Vote “no” on Question 7.
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