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From a Baltimore Sun Editorial 9/7/12
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.

Learn the facts and you’ll want to vote “NO” on Question 7.
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How do we know there’s a loophole in Question 7 that works against education funding?

Read the Text for Yourself
NOTE: The legislature authorized an additional $350,000,000 from the Education Trust Fund to be added to the FY 2011 appropriation for the State Department of Education, Aid to Education via budget amendment, to replace a General Fund reduction of the same amount made to the Governor’s allowance.

Here’s What Independent Experts Say
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.”
“Gambling bill summarized,” Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute, 8/10/12, http://marylandpolicy.blogspot.com/2012/08/gambling-bill-summarized.html

“As in previous years … the fund will offset an equal amount of money that will revert to the general fund to be spent elsewhere, according to state analysts.”
Daniel Leaderman, “Holding the line, if not raising the bar,” Maryland Gazette, 7/20/12, http://www.gazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120720/NEWS/707209672/1034/holding-the-line-if-not-raising-the-bar&&template=PrinterFriendlygaz

It’s all a shell game to the politicians
They move money from one account to the other with almost no accountability. The $350 million cited above was used to close the budget deficit in the general fund in FY 2011. It’s proof that Annapolis politicians will raid the Education Trust Fund. So when they promise more money for education, they don’t really mean it.

“I voted for the idea that casinos in Maryland would be one solution to continue the high standards of education in our public schools. Since the casinos have opened, money… is not going to the schools, it’s not going to teachers and it’s not going to students. Where’s all that money?”
Letter to the editor from a teacher, Columbia Flier, 8/20/12, for full letter go to: http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/opinion-talk/letter-editor/ph-ho-cf-letters-gard-0823-2-20120820,0,7886335.story

It’s just more revenue for the Annapolis spending machine. The money will never reach the classroom, where it would do the most good.

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