Baker on Gaming Facility in Prince George's County
2/17/2012, 12:36 p.m.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker has released the following statement regarding a gaming facility in Prince George's County:
"After a comprehensive evaluation of this issue, I have determined that if gaming comes to Prince George's County, it must be a high-end facility. I believe we should develop a world-class destination facility that features gaming, live shows, dining, and lodging. I envision a facility that attracts tourist, visitors, meetings and conventions from all over the world.
A $1 billion entertainment complex would bolster travel and tourism for our county, help us grow our commercial tax base, create nearly 5,000 new jobs, provide revenue to help us fund education and public safety, and create an entertainment corridor with upscale amenities. National Harbor is the perfect location for this high-end $1 billion entertainment complex.
I can only support Senate Bill 892 with amendments that will address some of the concerns I have. When analyzing this bill, I want to ensure that it does not compromise who we are as a county, alter our focus on growing our commercial tax base, or hinder us from providing the level of service and amenities that our citizens deserve. From my perspective, that would be a win for the county, the state of Maryland and the Washington region."