Lawmakers hesitant to gamble on lottery

“I’m not ready to die in the ditch, necessarily, but I’d have to be guaranteed the benefit of a lottery would outweigh the costs of it,” said Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, the speaker pro tempore, underscoring why some legislators are hesitant to go the lottery route. “And I’d definitely need to be assured where the money would go and how we’d spend it.”…

…“The economic question that must be answered: Would a state lottery add to the economic pie or would it simply shift Mississippians’ disposable income from one outlet to another?” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said.

Meridian Star
8/22/16