When Marylanders approved—and then expanded—casino gaming, we thought the new revenue would increase education funding. But as casino revenues have skyrocketed, education funding has been flat, barely keeping up with increases in enrollment and inflation. Why? By exploiting a loophole, more than a billion dollars of gaming revenue that should have meant an equivalent increase in school funding has been redirected to other parts of the budget. It’s time to put an end to this.

HB 1697/SB 1122 will Fix the Fund and stop this budget gimmick, providing a $500 million annual increase in school funding—a significant first step in closing the $2.9 billion annual underfunding gap of Maryland public schools. Contact your legislators today and ask them to Fix the Fund!

Thanks for speaking up.

Betty Weller
MSEA President