There is no progress without jobs.
That's why this morning, I called for a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to address the gaming issue.
By moving forward on expanded gaming, we have an opportunity to create thousands of new construction jobs and as many as 2,000 permanent jobs. What's more, by acting now, we have an opportunity to secure an additional $100 million in new revenue for Maryland's #1 in the nation public schools.
This issue has always been a very divisive one for our General Assembly. That's why I want us to resolve it now.
The compromise we're putting forward will create predictability in the marketplace, protect local and city aid being generated at current sites, ensure authorized facilities are able to be built and allow the people of Prince George's County to decide at the ballot whether they want a sixth site for the benefit of their county and revenue base.
Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Maximizing the return on Maryland gaming for the benefit of Maryland families -- this, too, is a choice.
There's been plenty of talk and deliberation. Now, it's time to act.