BOBBY HARRISON: Casinos help fund state government, but on limited level

A lot of people complain that casino gambling revenue is not directed solely to fund education as was promised when the Mississippi Legislature approved gaming in 1990.

That argument might have some merit, but by the same token it would not be true to say Mississippi casinos have not helped fund the state’s education system.

The issue is pertinent because of the growing chorus, led by Republican Gov. Phi Bryant, for Mississippi to enact a lottery. Mississippi is one of only six states without a lottery.

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