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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More reason not to sell the Illinois lottery

From an op/ed by Ralph Martire of Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a bipartisan fiscal policy think tank, in yesterday's paper:

[...] here’s what taxpayers absolutely won’t get from the lottery deal: school-funding reform, tax reform, property tax relief or the ability to continue funding even current levels of health and human services. The day after Illinois privatizes its lottery, the state’s deficit will be just as large — and the same revenue problems that have resulted in six years of Springfield gridlock will still confound legislators. Illinois will get a sorely needed capital program, but there’s no statewide infrastructure needs assessment to ensure that the new construction and maintenance programs that are most critical will even get funded. (Ralph Martire: Sale of lottery won’t be a panacea for state’s woes.)

We need real solutions, not more of the same dead end shell games from the governor and the legislature. Again, do not sell or lease the lottery.

Posted by Marie at September 16, 2008 10:15 PM


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