November 10, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SLOTS
University of Illinois Economist will Also Testify on Thursday
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., will testify before the
House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, November 13 at 10:00
a.m. Curran will present the Committee with updated research in
support of his 1995 study on the impact of casino gaming on crime.
The report, The House Never Loses and Maryland Cannot Win, was
commissioned by the Joint Executive-Legislative Task Force and
submits that casinos would bring a substantial increase in crime
to Maryland. Since his study eight years ago, Curran has paid close
attention to independent academic research, such as the work of
Dr. Earl Grinols.
A University of Illinois Economist, Dr. Grinols has studied the
impact of casino gambling extensively and will join Curran in testifying
before the Committee. Grinols is a former Senior economist on the
Council of Economic Advisers to President Reagan and has testified
in several states and written numerous publications comparing the
costs and benefits of casino gaming. Included in his research has
been estimating the proximity benefits to consumers of casinos
and using data from all counties in the U.S. to estimate the impact
of casinos on county crime rates.
Curran and Grinols will be available for interviews immediately
following their testimony.