N.J. treasurer says lottery privatization plan won't lead to layoffs
Plan may actually double the size of sales staff
The New Jersey state treasurer today defended the Christie administration's plan to privatize parts of the New Jersey Lottery and said he does not anticipate it leading to layoffs.
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff appeared in front of the state Assembly Budget Committee in Trenton to publicly discuss the plan which has drawn staunch opposition from New Jersey's Democratic state lawmakers and U.S. congressmen for the first time.
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Apr 25, 2013, 6:42 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Gov. slams Democrat tactics to derail lottery plan
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to some New Jersey federal lawmakers' insistence that the U.S. Attorney General conduct a formal review of his lottery privatization plans as naked partisanship.
The governor blasted six New Jersey congressmen's decision to send the letter requesting a review by the Justice Department, saying Thursday that it amounts to nothing more than a campaign stunt for Christie's presumed Democratic gubernatorial challenger.
They might as well just put a 'Buo ...
Apr 19, 2013, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Democrats want Justice Department to review lottery privatization plan
Unhappy with the state's decision to push ahead with its plan to partially privatize the New Jersey Lottery, a group of Garden State lawmakers have decided to make a federal case of the conflict. On Wednesday, half of New Jersey's congressional delegation asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the administration's scheme to see if it complies with federal law.
The six Democratic congressmen cosigned a letter to Holder, asking him to determine whether the $120 million payment the st ...
Apr 18, 2013, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. expected to resubmit lottery deal
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett plans to ask Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office to reverse its rejection of a contract with a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery, a top lawmaker said Tuesday.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said administration officials told him Monday that they are making changes in the contract with London-based Camelot Global Services that Kane rejected last month over concerns that parts of it contravene the state constitution or ...
Mar 15, 2013, 2:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Camelot, Pa. Gov. extend contract expiration date
High-stakes brinksmanship on display in struggle for control
By Todd Northrop
The Corbett administration's embattled deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive at least for another three weeks.
Administration officials announced Friday that Camelot Global Services has agreed to keep its bid valid through March 18th. The bid by Camelot Global Services would have expired at noon today.
The extension was necessary because state Attorney General Kathleen K ...
Feb 22, 2013, 2:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. may challenge lottery privatization rejection
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to say as soon as Friday whether he will challenge Attorney General Kathleen Kane's rejection of his plan to privatize the state lottery.
If he does, Corbett likely will file his challenge directly with the state Supreme Court, said Duquesne University law professor Bruce Ledewitz. Ledewitz said the case raises questions that Pennsylvania courts have never addressed before.
There's no smoking gun, Ledewitz said. The attorney general's opinion in t ...
Feb 22, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. expects protracted legal fight on privatization
Returns $50M security payment to British firm
The Corbett administration on Tuesday cited the potential for a prolonged appeal of the attorney general's rejection of a Pennsylvania Lottery management contract as it returned a $50 million security payment to a British company.
Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said the money was returned to Camelot Global Services because the administration does not expect to execute a private management agreement in the near future.
Camelot, which manages th ...
Feb 20, 2013, 1:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. lottery deal becomes political football
Gov. Tom Corbett is pressing state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to say whether she'll approve a contract to hire a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.
Camelot Global Services' bid to take over lottery management from state employees expires Saturday. Kane has a little over three weeks to decide whether the 20- to 30-year contract is legal. In the meantime, the contract's legality is being challenged in court by Democratic lawmakers and the union that represents lot ...
Feb 14, 2013, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Assembly approves measures to slow Gov.'s plan to privatize lottery
The New Jersey Assembly Monday passed a measure that would force Gov. Chris Christie to seek the Legislature's approval for his plan to privatize parts of the state lottery, which Democratic lawmakers said is being pushed through under the radar without oversight.
The bill (A3614), approved 45-29, largely along party lines, would give the Legislature the power to reject or accept the 15-year, $120 million contract the Christie administration is reviewing. Current law does not require Christie ...
Jan 29, 2013, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Treasurer considers blocking move to private lottery operator
As more details emerge about the contract for private management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, the state treasurer says he's more concerned, not less, about the legality of the contract.
State Treasurer Rob McCord has previously indicated he'll use his authority to withhold payments to the private Lottery manager if he deems it necessary. And he says he's not heard anything to put his mind at ease.
I haven't made the final decision yet, but right now I certainly am taking a look at this wi ...
Jan 25, 2013, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum