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Alaska Governor Eyes Pull Tab Funds

7 April 2003

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – As reported by the Associated Press: ``Gov. Frank Murkowski has a new proposal in which he wants to take money from pull-tab games and use it for the state's matching funds for nonprofits and to pay for increased state employee health insurance costs.

``Murkowski earlier had proposed eliminating the small grant program. He said Friday he was glad he found a way to fund the program.

``But more money for agencies and health care means less money for pull-tab prizes.

``Charities around the state, which depend on the pull-tab games for income, already have bombarded the governor's office with criticism over his earlier plan to lower the amount they pay out in prizes. The new plan shrinks the prize money even further. Charities worry that fewer people will play if there is less chance of winning…"

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