MGM National Harbor casino releases terms of community benefit agreement

Via WJLA ABC 7 News

The proposed $925 million MGM casino resort at the National Harbor would include a hotel and restaurants, and is expected to bring in more than $40 million a year for Prince George’s County.

County Executive Rushern Baker has been working on a community benefit agreement for the last few months with MGM, and released those terms and goals on Tuesday.

For instance, for operations MGM plans to hire 40-percent of employees locally – including veterans. And during construction, MGM says it will try to give 30-percent of contracts to minority business enterprises, also laying out the standards MGM has to use in order to achieve them.

However, opponents argue that it’s still not tough enough of an agreement, and if a committee decides it is not doing enough to meet certain goals, MGM could be penalized.

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your message. Responsible gambling is taken very seriously in Maryland and there are a variety of resources available for those who suffer from gambling addiction. The state’s voluntary exclusion program allows people to ban themselves from casinos; provides a counselor search and information for those affected by the issue; and a toll-free gambling hotline number, 800-522-4700, is live 24-hours-per-day. Additionally, each casino pays a yearly fee ($425 per slot machine and $500 per table game) to support these initiatives and the Maryland Center for Excellence on Problem Gambling.

    Regarding money to the community, a percentage of each casino’s monthly slot machine revenue goes to local impact grants. This extra revenue is to be used to pay for the additional costs that will be incurred by the county to support public services.

    We hope this helps!

  • autotech71

    With the windfall of revenue generated by the casinos in Maryland, how can Rushern Baker be asking to raise property taxes in PG county 15%? I believe the casinos can benefit the county, but there has to be some sort of proper management of funds, to be allocated properly. Alexandria Va, Arlington Va, Charles County MD, and even DC have lower total tax burdens, but give better or equal services and infrastructure maintenance. How is this logical? What was the purpose of the casinos anyway? Are they still perpetuating the same type of administration that was under Jack Johnson??