State Representative Chris England wrote the following Facebook post on the lottery…
It’s long but the jist is that he believes a move is coming to call this upcoming lottery an “EDUCATION LOTTERY” so the rubes in the AEA and the low-info voters will buy in to it. The hope, from some, is that you get this passed and then can take current monies from the Education Trust Fund and use those for the general fund needs.
One, of many, problems here is that the lottery will be a quick shot in the arm but the revenues will probably decrease over time and that means less money for the general fund.
If we were to decide to pass a lottery and send the revenue to the Education Trust Fund, it will almost certainly lead to a substantial transfer of growth taxes from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund. We will replace those growth taxes in the Education Trust Fund with lottery revenue. As studies have shown and with what we know has happened in other states, lottery revenue is generally moribund and eventually will decline over time. We will be essentially trading a form of revenue that grows for a form of revenue that will stay relatively static and eventually will decline. Therefore, the Education Trust Fund could potentially experience a net loss due to declining lottery revenue.
If this is the game that is going to be played, I will be saying, “NO”, when given the option.
It is time for legislators to be honest with us and trust us to do the right thing.
Lastly, if you want a look at how AEA-beholden politicians see education funding, read Rep. England’s words…
I hear all the time that we need more money going to education. I absolutely agree with that. It is almost a generally accepted principle that a state can never spend enough money investing in educating children.
This view is widely-held even though there is ZERO evidence that more money leads to better student achievement.
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