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State lotteries funding Education

STORRS, Connecticut—By the late 1980s, 28 states had been prompted by fiscal crises, tax revolts, and education reforms to institute lotteries as a means of supplementing public income. Support of the public schools was the cause most frequently invoked for legalizing gambling. Seven states named schools as the sole recipient of lottery revenue, and five of these obtained lottery revenues exceeding the amount of federal funds received for the public schools. Another 11 states routed some lottery funds to education through the general fund or designated schools as one among several recipients of lottery receipts.

In the book that John L. Amalfitano and I published earlier this year, America's Gamble: Public School Finance and State Lotteries (Technomic Publishing Co., ISBN: 1-56676-092-5), we report results of a statistical study that provides a nationwide analysis of the claim that lotteries enhance public education spending. We compare all fifty states and ask, "Is school finance enhanced in lottery vs. non-lottery jurisdictions?" For decades, lottery advocates have claimed that school financing is enhanced by means of lotteries. It seemed reasonable to assume that lottery states would, by now, be doing a better job than non-lottery states in financing their schools.

What we found, however, was that lotteries did not enhance the funding of public education. Lottery states actually used a smaller percentage of their wealth for education than did non-lottery states. Measured by per capita income, it is clear that wealthier states spend more on education than do less wealthy states. But the presence of a lottery does not account for significant variation among states in education funding. Wealthy states appear to adopt lotteries in advance of other states, but it is not the lotteries that make states wealthy.

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What is education in the United States funded by?

The education in the United States, especially k-12 public education is funded by tax payer money, money that comes from people like you and me.

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Should states use lottery/gambling as a source of funding k-12, higher education?

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That is such a crock! The politicians always say the money is going to education but it never does. At least not the bulk of it like it should. As the years pass, suddenly there's not enough money for education at all, and they start talking about raising taxes. It's just how the politicians get their foot in the door for other gambling ventures like casinos.


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