Should California Bet on Privatizing the Lottery?
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California state spending rises faster than revenue, and nobody wants new taxes. Programs for the most needy people get cut first. Governor Schwarzenegger says privatizing the lottery would raise so much money so fast it could jump-start public works projects, pay down the debt and finance universal health care. Should it be leased… or sold? Or is it a lousy idea? We’ll hear a debate in this edition of Which Way, L.A.?
Privatize the California Lottery? ()
California state spending rises faster than revenue, and nobody wants new taxes. Programs for the most needy people get cut first. Governor Schwarzenegger says privatizing the state lottery could raise up to 37 billion dollars. That could be enough to pay down 8 billion dollars in debt, start new public works projects and pay for universal health care. The LA Times says Democrats are skeptical, but that the promise of all that money puts them in a bind.
- H.D. Palmer: Deputy Finance Director, State of California, @cccbudgetnews
- Michael Semler: Professor of Government at Cal State Sacramento
- Don Perata: Democratic State Senator from Alameda County
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