Ed Williams: Restore lottery’s intent

June 17, 2014 

The North Carolina Education Lottery is run by the government of North Carolina. It was established after Gov. Mike Easley signed the State Lottery Act and the 2005 Appropriations Act. By law, lottery funds go to paying teacher salaries for grades K-3, school construction, need-based college financial aid and pre-kindergarten for at-risk 4-year-olds. The State Lottery Act outlines how each and every dollar produced by the lottery will be spent.

With this in mind, if our legislators had not reduced the N.C. education budget by the lottery income I believe we would not be having the discussion about teacher salaries. Several years ago our legislators tried to have “education” removed from the lottery name, thankfully without success, or it would have given them another way to maneuver around the original intent of the law.

Our teachers and schools need the lottery to be put back to its original intent and the monies stricken from the education budget put back to the amounts in 2005 before the lottery.

Ed Williams

Raleigh

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