After listening to the endless debate over whether Maryland would have casinos just a few years ago I didn't realize that the debate would shift so quickly to how many casinos we would have in Maryland. Gaming has been sold as the solution to Maryland deficits and revitalizing areas of the State like Baltimore City and Western Maryland. When it came time to vote on this issue a few years ago I was ambivalent about the issue but tired of the endless debate. As a taxpayer (and non gambler) of course I would like to have someone else provide new revenue for the Maryland budget. But I also realized that going down the gaming route is a slippery slope that usually leads to casino interests attempting to influence elected officials. While I take pride in the honest government types we elect here in Howard County, the stories of corruption in other Maryland jurisdictions doesn't lead me to feel confident that the growing gambling interests will not eventually lead to more political scandals in our State at some point. Doing business with the gambling interests is like doing business with the devil. What seems like a magic bullet to solve the Maryland budget needs comes at a high cost to honest government.