In Maryland the debate is over whether the legislature will ever approve slot machines at the state's horse tracks. In Pennsylvania, approval is such a foregone conclusion that interest groups are already lobbying for their share of the cash.
As we said during the Maryland debate, the biggest mistake would be to give the track owners too large a share.
Gov. Ed Rendell's plan would place up to 3,000 slot machines apiece at eight of the state's horse tracks, which would have to give 35 percent of their revenues to the state.
A competing bill by state Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-Bucks, would put the state's share at 30 percent, though a spokesman said Tomlinson could live with the 35 percent proposed by the governor.