JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (CAPITAL BUREAU) – The top Missouri House education leader fully supports the incoming Speaker of the House’s proposal to abolish the state’s lottery.
Missouri education would face a cut of almost $300 million in guaranteed revenue under the proposal.
Speaker-elect and St. Louis County’s John Diehl announced a proposal Wednesday to ask Missouri voters to approve a constitutional amendment to abolish the state’s lottery.
Currently, 25 cents of every dollar spent on lottery games goes toward public education funding.
Diehl said the lottery is not being honest when it says it is funding education.
House Education Committee Chairman Mike Lair said he agrees with Diehl’s proposal.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Lair said. “The idea of using lottery money for education is kind of a backdoor way of funding something that we feel is very significant.”
Senate Education Committee chairman David Pearce said he has concerns on where the money for education would come from if that were to happen.
“The question needs to be asked that if the lottery is abolished, where will the earmarked money for education come from? It’s got to come from somewhere,” Pearce said.
Missouri would become one of seven states without a lottery if the proposal were approved by voters.
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