States Roll Dice on New Funding
Gambling Linked to School Aid in Fresh Wave of Ballot Measures
Amid tight budgets and shrinking revenue, states are wagering that voters in next month’s elections will agree to expand state-sanctioned gambling in exchange for increased school aid.
Initiatives on six state ballots Nov. 4 involve gambling revenue intended to raise money for everything from community college funding and college scholarships to general K-12 operating aid.
Arkansas voters are being asked to decide on a new state lottery aimed at funneling up to $55 million into college scholarships. A Maryland slot machine proposal could bring in $660 million a...
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