Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Harford County Executive David Craig addressed education and a possible casino on WBAL radio Wednesday.
Harford County Executive David Craig said a casino could bring as much as $8 million to the county, or as he sees it, enough to cover the educational funding shortfall the county is facing. Craig spoke on WBAL radio Wednesday afternoon, addressing educational funding, the transfer of pensions from the state level to the county level as well as the potential for a casino in Harford County. The casino might solve the other issues, Craig said. "It would bring in anywhere from six-and-a-half to eight million dollars, which would almost cover the cost [of the shifted pensions]," Craig said. Craig initially cut one-time bonuses for county employees after the state shifted pensions. "I think they were hoping that we would all be forced to raise …
Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty is in agreement with County Executive David Craig that a riverboat casino would benefit Harford County and the surrounding region.
Wayne Dougherty and his wife, Mary, used to manage a travel agency. On occasion, they'd take trips to the Mississippi River, where paddleboat casinos are a big business. "It was a big hit," Dougherty said. The Havre de Grace mayor told Patch Wednesday he is intrigued by the idea of a riverboat casino on the Susquehanna River—an idea first presented by County Executive David Craig Tuesday to a special work group on gaming expansion in Maryland. According to a statement from his office released on Tuesday, Craig said: "Given our location at the head of the Chesapeake Bay, I think it would be worthwhile to consider a riverboat casino for Harford County. Such casinos have been highly successful in towns and cities along the Mississippi River …
Monday, June 4, 2012
County Executive David Craig wrote a letter asking that Harford County be considered for a an additional casino location in Maryland.
If Harford County is to strike the jackpot in luring a gaming facility to Harford County, there's plenty of work to be done. Following a letter from County Executive David Craig seeking cooperation from the state, leaders from around the county confirmed to Patch Monday afternoon that there has been virtually no talk of establishing a casino facility in Harford County. In his letter to the chairman of the work group to consider gaming expansion, Craig wrote the revenue from a Harford County casino would offset the cost of teacher pensions shifting from the state to the county and other "unfunded mandates." "I'm not certain from a business point of view that there's a lot of support for something like that. But certainly, as we try to …
Harford County Executive David Craig asks the state for gaming consideration.
Harford County Executive David Craig recently sent a letter to Annapolis asking for the state to consider Harford County when looking to expand the state's gaming industry. See the letter in the PDF included with this post. Currently, Cecil County has a casino, with Anne Arundel County's facility opening this week. TELL US: Would you be in support of Harford County as a gaming facility location? Where would you like to see one built? Leave a comment.