Supporters of a Maryland ballot initiative to expand gambling have touted it as a boon for education funding, but opponents say that claim is just a bluff.
Ballot Question 7 would legalize table games at the state’s casinos and allow a new gambling facility in Prince George’s County. Legislative analysts project it would generate an extra $713 million a year by 2019 — $199 million of which would go to the state’s Education Trust Fund.
But opponents and budget analysts say the trust fund does not actually supplement school spending. Instead, it frees up general funds that would have otherwise gone to education, meaning that it has zero net effect on overall education spending.