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Do Lotteries Hurt the Poor? Well, Yes and No - This paper is a summary of the testimony of Professor Charles T. Clotfelter of Duke University to the North Carolina House Select Committee on a State Lottery. In his testimony, Clotfelter attempts to answer the question of whether state lotteries negatively impact the poor more so than other economic groups. In the end the facts show there is no clear answer to this question. This paper is a good resource for understanding who plays state lotteries and how much they spend. (Charles T. Clotfelter, Duke University, April 2000)...

Earmarking tax revenues for education: Now you see them, now you donít - This 1998 article discusses how Ohio expenditures on education have dropped since establishing the lottery and earmarking the profits for education. The authors note that the problem with earmarking is that it is no substitute for political will. If the political will exists in the legislature to increase school funding, then earmarking would not be necessary; the legislature would simply appropriate more funds either by cutting other programs or increasing taxes. A fiscal gimmick like earmarking would be unlikely to force an unwilling legislature to allocate more net resources to schools. (Thomas Garrett and Robert Lawson, The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, April 1998)...


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