Congratulations, Michiganders. We’ve officially been made an example.
In a letter to The Baltimore Sun, a Holland, Penn. resident warns of the potential negative effects of placing a casino near Maryland’s Laurel Park by citing Michigan racing’s fall to “bush league status” (his words, not mine). He said this happened after “bad judgment and the corruption of lawmakers who heeded the promises of wealthy developers and casino lobbyists” allowed the tribal and Detroit casino interests to run roughshod over the state. The letter does not mention it directly, but altering the state constitution to cripple a competitor like said groups did in 2004 is a prime example of this idea.
If you cross your eyes for too long, they’ll stay that way. If you eat too much candy, your teeth will rot out. If you allow casinos to expand in your state without including the racetracks, you’ll become “Bush League” like Michigan.
We are being used as a threat – an example of what not to do.
So what are we going to do about it?