Marylanders voted by an overwhelming majority to see increased funding for public schools via the state’s gaming revenue fund.
Question One on the ballot passed with 89 percent of the vote and with more votes than any other candidate or measure on the entire ballot according to the Maryland State Education Association. Now that Question One has passed, Maryland’s constitution will be amended allowing casino revenues to go towards increasing school funding over the next five years. The Maryland Department of Legislative Services has estimated the tax revenue of Maryland’s six casino’s to be $517 million.
“The idea with the constitution, the governor supports this and it has bipartisan support, is to say we promised people it should be only used for education,” explained Andrew Serafini, Maryland senator representing District 2.
Maryland Question 2 was also approved allowing same-day voter registration in the future.