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VPR’s Bob Kinzel talks with State Auditor Tom Salmon about controversial ideas he has for solving the financial challenges, including raising taxes, restructuring state government and expanding gambling in the state.
Some lawmakers are hoping that
the Legislature will take a serious look at Governor Douglas’s plan to lease
the state lottery. They say it would
provide new money to help balance the state budget.
But opponents argue that relying on more gambling
revenue is a bad idea.
Legislative leaders are opposed to plans to lease the state lottery. They say
it’s wrong to fund government by expanding legalized gambling.
Governor Jim Douglas said the deal will raise at least $50 million. He urged lawmakers
to carefully consider the proposal.
Democratic legislative leaders are concerned about the
Douglas Administration’s plan to lease the Vermont Lottery to a private
business for 30 years.
The Governor says the proposal is a way to provide
at least $25 million for immediate property tax relief. But the lawmakers
question the social cost of relying more heavily on gambling revenue.