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'Worst example of government waste.' I agree

By - Last modified: April 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

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Brent Burkey
Brent Burkey

The reason I personally don't play the Pennsylvania Lottery is because I have an abhorrence to spending money for nothing, and the lottery odds of winning just don't appeal to me. Which is to say, I never want to lose money at all.

And I probably shouldn't think that way, because it's far from money for nothing.

The lottery is important to the well-being of thousands of senior Pennsylvanians, paying about $1 billion for services they might not get otherwise.

Both sides of the political spectrum agree on that. They wouldn't have been fighting over lottery privatization so much in the last several months if they didn't.

But, unfortunately, it looks like that political fight is leading to spending money for nothing:

The report of a consulting bill at about $3 million — even though the privatization plan to try to increase revenues by Gov. Tom Corbett appears to be on life support at best — is outrageous.

The statements from Democratic state Sen. Mike Stack took the words right out of my mouth. Getting on the hook for this much of a bill "for nothing — is the worst example of government waste."

It's hard to think of a better way not to be fiscally conservative. Then again, stay tuned. This is Pennsylvania politics, after all.

Brent Burkey covers retail, tourism, and Lebanon and York counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at You can also follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.



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