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Valentine updates gas tax hike, pension shift and slots

February 23rd, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The morning after he spent a day in Annapolis, Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine returned with a mixture of good news and bad news. Appearing on WCBC's "Dave Norman Show" Thursday, Valentine said he and other MACO officials met with representatives from Governor Martin O'Malley and received some discouraging news when it comes to fiscal matters. Valentine said it appears to be a certainty that the governor's proposed sales tax on gas will take effect beginning July 1. Likewise, it appears there is little that county governments can do to stop the plan to shift half the cost of teacher pensions to the counties. On a more upbeat note, Valentine said that every indication is that the Evitts group will be awarded a license to operate a slots parlor at Rocky Gap. The decision could occur in early March and Valentine said those he spoke to in Annapolis are saying "when not if" when it comes to the license being awarded.

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