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Alabama Governor Tries Again with Lottery

17 May 2002

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – As reported by Associated Press: "Gov. Don Siegelman is taking a second chance on a state lottery and creating what might be a galvanizing issue for his opponents and Alabama voters.

"…Siegelman used the promise of a state lottery for education to unseat Republican Gov. Fob James in 1998, but then Alabama voters defeated Siegelman's lottery proposal 54 percent to 46 percent in October 1999. Lottery opponents, including religious leaders, attacked the lottery on moral grounds and claimed it was designed to help make money for Siegelman's friends.

"Siegelman said he's bringing back the lottery proposal in his re-election campaign due to requests from Alabama voters.

"…`It's time to keep that money right here in Alabama,' he said.

"…All three Republican candidates for governor were quick to criticize Siegelman's lottery plan.

"…Siegelman's original lottery plan would have allocated the money to college scholarships, pre-kindergarten programs, and computer technology improvements. His new lottery proposal would put the money directly into the state education budget, where he said state leaders could distribute it to a variety of programs from preschool to college…"

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