Casino bailout may be a tough sell at Leg Hall

By Amy Cherry/Allan Loudell 2:56pm, March 13, 2014 - Updated 2:57pm, March 13, 2014
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Lawmakers in Dover consider a plan that bails out Delaware's three struggling casinos to the tune of $30 million.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has reaction.

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"I opposed the $8 million bailout last year; I'm opposed to the bailout this year."

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State Rep. Dennis Williams tells WDEL the money just isn't there as the state stares down a gaping $130 million budget deficit.

Williams says the money comes with no guarantees the money will be spent in Delaware or keep jobs.

"There's no mention in this bailout of cutting executive salaries, so I just don't see that this money is going to help," he said.

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He says look what happened last time.

"I predicted last year that part of that $8 million was going to end up in Maryland, and it did. The owner of Delaware Park owns Ocean Downs in Maryland and not long after that bill was passed, there was an expansion of Ocean Downs," Williams said.

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But Williams doesn't see casinos as the problem -- in fact, he's long been pushing for more casinos in Delaware to spawn competition and jobs. He says the problem is the bailout the state simply can't afford.

"We don't bail out a small hardware store just because say a Home Depot opens up down the street," he said.

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