What a difference a year makes. Last session the state House passed a budget that relied on increased lottery advertising to raise money for a pay raise for teachers.
Senate leaders rightly panned the idea that soon fell apart after news that lottery officials had told House leaders that their revenue projections were unrealistic before the House budget passed.
But now it seems Senate leaders have reconsidered their opposition to increasing lottery advertising to raise more money from people at the bottom of the economic ladder.
Mark Binker with WRAL reports that two of the numerous policy provisions stuffed into the massive 504-page Senate budget would allow lottery officials to increase their advertising budget and authorize an online state lottery game, which is the last thing we need.
The two provisions combined are projected to raise more than $50 million a year, much of it from the poorest areas in North Carolina from families who can least afford to play.
The Senate was right last year. Raising money from the predatory lottery to pay for state investments was wrong.
It still is. We need an honest, fair, stable, and adequate revenue system, not one that increasingly relies on convincing vulnerable people to throw their money way on a one in a 100 million chance of striking it rich.