Regarding the Aug. 23 news article “State could widen lottery’s reach”: Funny how the Republican opinion to the state lottery has changed since its inception. When the lottery was being considered in 2005, Republican legislators said it was taking advantage of the poor.
Now that Republicans control the General Assembly, and after yet another record year for lottery sales, Republicans want to increase lottery revenue. What has changed?
The state lottery provides a supplement revenue source, intended to support the state education system. However, the Republicans see it not as an augmentation of revenue, but as a replacement to revenues lost through their tax-shifting, “trickle-down” economics schemes.
As Carolinians often say, Republicans ought to just go “whole hog” and get it over with. Imagine if they approved the entire spectrum of the gaming system: horse and dog track racing, casinos, one-arm bandits at every gas stop, on-line lottery sales. Just think of all that new revenue!
Republicans could totally remove the corporate and personal state income tax. And as the popularity of North Carolina’s state gaming system grew, they could provide those jobs they promised to build new, fancy motels, roads and five-star restaurants to accommodate the crowds.
Forget the poor. It’s all about trickle-down economics, right?