Lawmakers weigh in on Speaker-elect's proposal to abolish Missouri lottery
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Lawmakers weigh in on Speaker-elect's proposal to abolish Missouri lottery

Date: October 1, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri education would face a cut of almost 300 million dollars in guaranteed revenue under a proposal by the incoming Missouri House Speaker
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Wrap: The proposal from St. Louis County's John Diehl would ask Missouri voters to approve a constitutional amendment to abolish the state lottery.

Currently, 25 cents of every dollar spent on lottery games goes toward public education funding.

Senate Education Committee chairman David Pearce said he has concerns on where the money for education would come from if that were to happen.

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Description: "The question needs to be asked that if the lottery is absolished, where will the earmarked money for education come from? It's got to come from somewhere."

If approved, Missouri would be one of 7 states to not have a lottery.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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The top Missouri House education leader fully supports the incoming Speaker of the House's proposal to abolish the state's lottery
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Wrap: Speaker-elect John Diehl announced a proposal Wednesday to ask Missouri voters to abolish the state's lottery.

Diehl said the lottery is not being honest when it says it is funding education.

House Education Committee Chairman Mike Lair said he agrees with Diehl's proposal.

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Description: "I think it's a great idea. The idea of using lottery money for education is kind of a backdoor way of funding something that we feel is very significant."

Missouri would become one of 7 states without a lottery if the proposal were approved by voters.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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