State lottery has not eliminated school levies

SheltonMarch 5, 2014 

When the Washington voters approved the state lottery, we were told the revenue would pay enough money to the schools that we would no longer have school levies. Yet every year we’re asked to approve higher and higher levies for the schools. Now the state is considering borrowing $50 million from the lottery to pay teachers wages and build schools. If this is done, very soon we’ll have our lottery in the same shape as Social Security and Medicare because the borrowing never ends and the payback never begins.

If the lottery can afford to shell out $50 million for an unsecured loan, why don’t they just give our state that money. Then the governor and legislators can vote themselves another big pay raise and try to figure out where they can soak the state residents for more.

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