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Illinois lottery privitization plan panned by tax group

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An estimated $10 billion windfall from the sale or lease of the Illinois Lottery for state education funding would be short-lived, maintains a new report by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a Chicago-based fiscal policy think tank.

Introduced by Gov. Rod Blagojevich May 23, the proposal calls for funneling $4 billion in sale proceeds for school construction, text books purchases and new programs, such as full-day kindergarten and a longer school year.

The remaining $6 billion would be pooled into an investment fund meant to provide $650 million annually in education fund revenues through 2025.

Officials from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability point out that, without an alternative funding source in place, once the proceeds from the sale are spent, they are gone forever.

"If the state just kept the lottery, we'd have that revenue growth every year. Selling it means those revenues simply go away. What happens in 2025?" said Chrissy Mancini, director of budget and policy analysis with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

Currently, the Illinois Lottery annually provides about $620 million for the state education budget after paying winners and other costs.

Under Blagojevich's proposal, $1 billion from the lottery sale would be delivered to state schools in the first year of the program. Proceeds from the sale, coupled with interest, taxes paid by the new lottery owner and other revenue, would pump another $1.35 billion in education in year two, $1.65 billion in year three and $2 billion in year four, a total of $6 billion in new funding.

In year five, the extra funding would cease, and funding levels would return to normal, about $650 million annually. That revenue would be generated from the state's investment of the remaining $6 billion of the lottery's $10 billion price tag.

But Mancini said it is impossible to guarantee that the state would get full returns on its $6 billion investment.

"In order to match those estimated returns, the state would have to lock in a rate higher than the market rate, and that's just to get back the $650 million a year," she said.

Besides, it's debatable whether $650 million will be sufficient to fund education in the years to come without taking into account inflation, Mancini said.

"In all the analyses we've done, tax revenue growth doesn't match inflation, which means there will be no extra money available to put into schools. If [the proposal] passes, which is not likely, where will that new revenue growth come from?" Mancini said.

In criticizing Blagojevich's plan, the Center for Tax and Budge Accountability joins GOP leaders, who doubt that the lottery could garner a buyer willing to pay $10 billion price tag.

Blagojevich hopes the General Assembly will vote on the privatization deal during the fall veto session.

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Posted: June 22, 2006, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

I'm glad the lottery privitization plan didn't go thru. I hope other states thinking about doing this drop it.

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    Posted: June 22, 2006, 10:13 pm - IP Logged

    I'm glad the lottery privitization plan didn't go thru. I hope other states thinking about doing this drop it.

    Well it didn't go through, but that's only because they haven't voted on it yet.

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      Posted: June 23, 2006, 11:35 am - IP Logged

      I'm glad the lottery privitization plan didn't go thru. I hope other states thinking about doing this drop it.

      They did not drop it.  Look at the last sentence:

      "Blagojevich hopes the General Assembly will vote on the privatization deal during the fall veto session."


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        Posted: June 24, 2006, 2:11 am - IP Logged

        lets hope this doesn't get passed.i don't like a lot of the things happening lately like this and the online thing.these government idiots are trying to crash the party.........

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          Posted: June 25, 2006, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

          well the first thing that will happen after privatization,  is the numbers will increase as well as the cost.  look what happened when the illinois/indiana skyway sold.  The toll was $2.00,  went up to 2.75!!!!!!!!!!fkn jerks

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            Posted: June 27, 2006, 3:38 pm - IP Logged

            Illinois might be using good sense in this. 

            There's no reason to assume the lotteries would be run worse than they're being run now.  Too bad they can't just privatize the MM part of things and keep the state lottery part.... I really love Little Lotto and the Illinois Lotto.  Wish I could play them.

            But getting rid of MM any way it can be gotten rid of might equate to catching a rattlesnake living under the kitchen table and dropping him through an open window of an unpleasant neighbor.

            Whatever's going on with MM money, no sense in tempting state workers by having them in proximity with it day to day.  Staying honest is difficult enough under the best of stars.


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