More ways to win in the budget negotiations

Posted by Lynn Bonner on July 8, 2014 

House members got some door prizes when they showed up for Tuesday’s budget negotiation. Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca brought fistfuls of lottery scratch-off tickets to hand out.

The House in its budget proposed increasing spending on lottery ads while imposing new ad restrictions, an idea the Senate has repeatedly mocked.

Apodaca had a good number of tickets, but didn’t buy enough to make a dent in the budget.

There were no shrieks of joy in the room, so if there were any winners, they were discreet.

Rep. Mike Hager, a Republican from Rutherfordton, laughed when asked about his ticket. He scratched it. No luck.

“I lost,” Hager said. “Thanks, Apodaca, for nothing.”

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