What we’re reading: More states may legalize gambling, Baltimore may sell historic landmarks, Europe’s emission trading scheme


Getting in the game

When states like Massachussetts saw that other states who allow gaming increases their coffers, lawmakers and residents decide it might not be a bad idea after all.

Massachusetts is one of a handful of states that have either legalized or considered legalizing gaming facilities as a way to rebuild their coffers in the wake of the Great Recession. Gaming supporters say casinos help the local economy by creating jobs both during their construction and after opening and by generating tax revenue from both local residents and visitors from neighboring states.

American city might sell its historic landmarks

Baltimore is considering selling some of its historic landmarks to private owners or foundations.

So why the hesitancy on the decision?

Before making the announcement final, city officials want to determine how much they could actually pocket for sites such as Shot Tower, a landmark, which was once the tallest building in the nation back in 1828.

Involving more than just potential revenue, however, the city argues that many of the sites lack adequate funding and they have fallen into disrepair.

US airlines drop lawsuit against EU ETS

A group of US airlines decided to drop its lawsuit against the European Union’s charging for carbon emissions for flights to and from Europe.

Airlines for America said opposition to the EU law was now so widespread that it was appropriate to drop the lawsuit and let governments take the lead. Despite the failure of its action at the [European Court of Justice], Airlines for America said it had been useful in setting the agenda for those opposed to the Emissions Trading Scheme.

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