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Corbett keeps fighting to privatize lottery

Published October 05. 2013 09:00AM

Gov. Tom Corbett is not giving up his fight to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Corbett has extended the life of the bid from a private firm to take over Lottery management until Oct. 29.

Camelot Global Services is the bidder seeking to manage the $3.7 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.

Corbett began seeking to privatize the Lottery management early in 2012 and Camelot was the lone bidder, but state Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the proposed contract with Camelot in February.

The attorney general said state law did not allow the governor to privatize lottery management or sanction the expansion of gambling the contract would permit.

Since then, the Corbett administration has been trying to rewrite its agreement with Camelot over Kane's objections rather than seeking to change the law through the state Legislature, where the privatization proposal has met resistance.

We are continually amazed at how much resistance these moves to privatize management of gambling and liquor attract when such things never should have been part of government operations in the first place.

By the way, the agreement with Camelot is for 20 years, with a guarantee of at least $34 billion in profit to the state.

Anybody can see how bad that would be for the state, right?

Williamsport Sun-Gazette

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