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Arkansas lottery surfaces again

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The Arkansas Supreme Court's order to boost funding for public schools could bring proposals for a state lottery front and center again.

At least two candidates for statewide office are touting a lottery as the way to solve funding shortfalls, and a legislator and long-time supporter of a lottery said he may push for such an initiative during a special session.

Newly announced gubernatorial candidate Bill Halter, a Democrat, used his announcement speech to call for a lottery to pay for education improvements. He said a lottery would raise as much as $250 million dollars a year that wouldn't come from other sources of school funding.

Drew Pritt, a Democrat running for lieutenant governor, has also been pushing for a lottery, but he has been unsuccessful in his effort to place a lottery proposal on the ballot in November.

State Representative Buddy Blair of Fort Smith, who introduced a lottery proposal during last year's regular session, is looking at the matter again. He says lottery-funded education improvements would have addressed some of the shortcomings cited by justices. Blair says he may re-introduce his lottery proposal if the Legislature meets in a special session this year.

In our survey Arkansas, we asked 500 people if they would be more likely to support a lottery if the money would be spent only on education. Sixty-four percent said yes. Seventeen percent said they would be less likely to support it.
Nineteen percent said it wouldn't make any difference.

AP

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Posted: February 7, 2006, 10:43 pm - IP Logged

Wish ya luck Arkansas!  It is hard to get a Southern state to say okay.  Alabama was faced with this a few years ago---for education.  Schools had to closed many programs due to lack of funding.  The voters still said,  NAngry!

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    Posted: February 8, 2006, 7:57 am - IP Logged

    i hope arkansas is able to get a lottery.i'd definitely play.....

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      Posted: February 8, 2006, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

      I would have imagained Arkansas getting a lottery earlier, but I guess it just hasn't been a big priority ober dere. But I'm sure, in fact I'm positive, that if given the choice Arkansas' voters would go for it. And I have a feeling it will be a good lottery too.

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        Posted: February 13, 2006, 8:35 am - IP Logged

        yes...i think it would pass if voted on.they already have a horse track and dog track.