The real National Harbor end game
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Today's Washington Post reports, in "$1 billion casino at National Harbor proposed by Prince George’s Executive Baker," that Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is proposing a casino for National Harbor, something prophesized by Post columnist Robert McCartney in his New Year's Day column starting 2012. (I guess you could call that a leak gauged to get a sense of people's reactions.)
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said Thursday that he wants to see a billion-dollar casino on the banks of the Potomac River, arguing that a “high-end” gaming destination at National Harbor would be a catalyst for economic development and generate much-needed tax revenue. ...
The developer of National Harbor endorsed the plan Thursday, but the prospect of bringing a full-fledged casino to Prince George’s faces considerable hurdles, including mixed views among county lawmakers and staunch opposition from the owner of a planned casino in neighboring Anne Arundel County.
Baker, who opposed slots during a decade as a state delegate, said in an interview that his views have changed since becoming county executive 14 months ago and that — under the right conditions — he would welcome a facility “much like what you see in Las Vegas.”
“The economy around us has changed,” Baker said. “There are far fewer revenue options for the county or the state. . . . We’re going to do everything we can to get this bill passed.”
I have written about this possibility some:
- Gaming a possibility at National Harbor, Prince George's County?
- Racing to the bottom on gambling
- Bring casinos to Takoma Park? (although this point could have been made equally about Silver Spring or Bethesda)
Likely it will raise the sceptre of the need for Internet gaming and other gambling options in DC, if only for convention business to be able to compete against National Harbor and Gaylord Resorts.
“I believe there is a place we can try this,” Cheh said. “ I just think it can be controlled.”