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  • bgibson3 Mar 6, 2013

    The Legislature was through with all the Budget voting, and in every other year, when that is over, they quickly adjourn, and all make like bandits back home, out of town, vamoose, etc. But, not that year. They were through, supposedly, but didn't adjourn. However, Harry Brown (R-Onslow) took that weekend to get married and was unreachable, or unwilling to vote the Ed Lot down. The other Republican that could have stopped it, had some kind of medical issue. Whatever the case, you couldn't blame either of them, now could you?

  • bgibson3 Mar 6, 2013

    Why not just have the North Carolina "Tax" Lottery? If you pay taxes in NC, you can choose to play or not. At the end of the year, the State "forgives" randomly to a certain total amount, and those winners don't have to pay any of their tax amount for that year. Legislators tax according to need. If you need money for "education", you charge the citizens of NC that amount (honest & above board) in taxes. And, you get rid of the rest of the gambling industry in NC (except for the Reservation). No having to watch the endless WRAL Education Lottery Ads. No having a bunch of NC money go to "out of state" winners.

  • FairPlay Feb 27, 2013

    No state that gives lottery money to education has the name is the title. It is all "______ State Lottery". Georgia gives 100% to scholarships and they do not use the term. It was put in there because Bev Perdue wanted it in to make it get more backing from people as they rammed the bill in.

  • Chatham Rebel Feb 27, 2013

    But it don't matter, so long as any one of the two major parties are in control, we're going to end up paying. It's the American way.-Rebelyell55
    So taking the name "education" out of the lottery is going to cost your $$, explain that to me IF you can. It's amazing at the lengths some democrats will go to. Supporting the change, finally an administration that gets it.

  • HVYGEE5616 Feb 27, 2013

    I agree that stopping lottery sales to those on public assistance makes sense. I disagree that taking the "education" name out of the lottery is a good idea. Initially, the lottery was passed on the idea that proceeds from the lottery would aide school construction. I am not clear if that spending has been held to the line. But I am convinced that lottery sales in this state, being more conservative and religiously centered, will diminish if people think our lottery is just a "lottery". Lastly, the lottery should "aid" education spending and be its sole would be impossible to strictly budget for education on lottery proceeds that have the potential to be volatile.

  • kenshi Feb 26, 2013

    The lottery money has actually done a lot of good for educational needs in the State. The majority of people voted for it and yes, they knew exactly what they are doing. If you don't want to play, then don't. Simple as that.

  • ryderted Feb 26, 2013 far McCrory is just attempting to TAKE money OUT of NC. We're going to be the poorest state in the nation...woohoo! I wonder how many jobs he can end?

  • hcdozier Feb 26, 2013

    They should rename the NC lottery the "NC Fools Gold Tax".

  • cledbetter Feb 26, 2013

    "People may not believe that the money goes towards education, but it does."

    Sure. No doubt about it. Money from the lottery goes to the schools. What they don't really like to tell you is an EQUAL amount of money that used to come from the taxpayers came back OUT. So the schools just broke even. So if it makes you feel better to believe it's an "education lottery" then please do.

  • Yellow Rider Feb 26, 2013

    They should rename it the NC Takes Advantage of Poor People Lotttery.

  • 321oohaw Feb 26, 2013

    no kidding...this is ridiculous, we all knew this was a scam naming scheme from the beginning

  • NC_Beach_n_Mtn_guy Feb 26, 2013

    Why would they ever put "education" in the lottery name anyway!

  • silkesmom Feb 26, 2013

    The lottery would make more sense to break up the prizes into smaller amounts - rather than one ticket winning a g'zillion dollars, let smaller pots of money be won by more people.

  • silkesmom Feb 26, 2013

    Why not just stop sponsoring a state lottery? The state should not be involved in gambling.

    Minimally, stop all advertising on TV and radio for the lottery - everyone knows one exists and if they want to play they do. Advertising is a waste of money.

  • SaltlifeLady Feb 26, 2013

    None of that money should be spent on Medicaid expenses when there is so much Medicaid fraud going on. Also, there should be a law that the money earmarked for education should only be used for that and there should not be an option to move it around. Having that lottery money helps to cut down on the amount of student loans that our kids are stuck with after college.

  • rastubar Feb 26, 2013

    As a retired educator of NC, I gladly agree with removing the word "Education" out of the lottery name. Monies that are generated from the lottery sales and given to education, usually come from people who should not be playing the lottery in the first place! And we wonder why so many students come from homes with no food, clothing, or school supplies! There's your education for today.

  • justcommonsense Feb 26, 2013

    Well, you can be sure by taking Education out of the name, they will feel much better about diverting the money to other pet projects.

    What is so frustrating is that once the lottery was voted in, the state cut education funding anyway. And then diverted funds to the medicaid mess.

    It's no wonder that our children are near the bottm, these folks don't care.

  • ConservativeVoter Feb 26, 2013

    The lottery is a regressive tax on the poor.

    The poor makes up the largest demographic playing the lottery.

  • ConservativeVoter Feb 26, 2013

    People who play the lottery don't understand statistics.

  • ConservativeVoter Feb 26, 2013

    The problem with the lottery is that while it does provide money for education, the state moves that same amount of money from the education budget and spends it in other areas creating a break even situation with no new additional education spending.

  • utterance Feb 26, 2013

    This is what legislators are taking time to think about? This is so silly. What's next in this puritanical state, a Swear Jar Bill, wherein those who "cuss" must put quarters?

  • ncmedic201 Feb 26, 2013

    I received a scholarship from the NC lottery for two semesters. People may not believe that the money goes towards education, but it does.

  • HomeBrewDude Feb 26, 2013

    NC is still ranked at the bottom of the barrel for education and severely lacking in technologies that are critical for getting kids, especially the impoverished, compete.

  • cjw6105 Feb 26, 2013

    "We would never, ever do high schools."

    Ditto for Mike Easley, who went on tv with small school children in his "Do it for the children" plug.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Feb 26, 2013

    This Perdue goodie has never deserved to have the name 'education' in it's title.

    I love this new administration. They'll be cleaning up the Dem disasters for years, but they are off on the right track.

  • djofraleigh Feb 26, 2013

    The word should never have been used. I support removing it.

    Gambling produces NOTHING. I would go along with a government lottery if it paid 99% back, and citizens could only play once a day to prevent the problems.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 26, 2013

    I'll add one more, and yes I've seen this on many site on different topic, that many regret who they voted for. But it don't matter, so long as any one of the two major parties are in control, we're going to end up paying. It's the American way.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 26, 2013

    That's just so funny, but it is what the majority of voters voted in. But I'm not so sure they understood just what they were putting into office.

  • wildpig777 Feb 26, 2013

    repeal the lottery now.

  • Haygrower Feb 26, 2013

    I hope they do take the word education out of the lottery--I'm so sick of that word I could throw up.It's a shame a child can't go to school get a normal education without all the politics involved.All you hear now days is education-build more schools-raise taxes-do bonds.theirs almost a school on every block-then the speed limit goes down--oh well what should we expect-when you got lawers--bankers--investment bankers who are makeing these decisions for us peons and they are making big profits from all this mess.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 26, 2013

    Yeah, for all their bad mouthing of the lottery to pander to the religious, the republicans won't touch it as they realize its a revenue source.

  • Mustange Feb 26, 2013

    and when you do i will personally stop supporting the lottery because i like the fact buying a ticket to support the NC EDUCATION LOTTERY.

  • dawgitall Feb 26, 2013

    More feel good legislation. What a waste of time and effort.

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