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Senator criticizes comptroller's stand on gambling

Saturday - 11/3/2012, 12:18am  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A state senator says Comptroller Peter Franchot is wrong when he says gambling expansion won't help education.

Sen. James DeGrange wrote a letter to Franchot on Friday that criticizes him for contributing to "deceitful" ads by Penn National Gaming Inc. The company owns a large casino in West Virginia near Maryland's border.

DeGrange writes that gambling already has generated $471 million for education.

A spokesman for Franchot says while the comptroller respects DeGrange, Franchot believes the proposal is a bad deal for Maryland.

DeGrange voted against gambling expansion in an August special session. He said in an interview that he opposed the expansion before all of Maryland's five casinos are up and running. He noted in the letter that he doesn't dispute gambling expansion would raise more money for education.

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