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Leaders Apprehensive About Slot Machine Plan at Laurel Park

On November 6th, 2007, state official are worried that classic slot machines at Laurel Park could affect the growing local economy and kept away potential business owners like federal contractors. County Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Democrat from District four, who criticizes slot machines at Laurel Park, said that if he is a business owner, he would be wary on how the casino will affect the work ethic of his employees.

Officials and neighborhood people commented that the slot machines are not needed to be place at the Laurel Park because the location is still under modification. Across the Patuxent River in Laurel, a big commercial development named Konterra is currently being planned for the west area of the city and the Laurel Mall will be remodeled.

In Anne Arundel, Maryland City and the neighboring area could see an economic advantage from the Base Realignment and Closure at the Fort Meade is predicted to produce 22,000 employment opportunities. But the contractors of the BRAC may not be place in Anne Arundel if the slot machines were placed at the Laurel Park. But other people commented that the charged of bad economic effects is not true and that the water and road systems are the biggest issues that Laurel Park has to deal with.

Claire Louder, the executive director of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce commented that she does not see it as a big problem. If the final decision were up to the voters on the 2008 vote, the economic problems of the leaders could be shown by the communities that do not like slot machines.


Sunday, 25 November 2007
Marissa Patterson