JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant says he’d be willing to discuss a state lottery in Mississippi.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that he’s the first governor in nearly 30 years to say he might consider a lottery.
Former Gov. Ray Mabus pushed for a lottery in 1990, and lost the next election. Governors since then have said they’d veto any lottery bill that passed the legislature.
Bryant sent his written statement to a Clarion-Ledger columnist. Bryant noted that he wouldn’t want to dedicate the revenue to specific areas such as public education. In his words, “Our children’s future should not be left to a game of chance.”
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said his decision would depend on whether a lottery would bring in new money or take money from sales taxes and casinos.
Below is the statement from Bryant:
I would be open to a general discussion regarding a statewide lottery. However, I would be opposed to this particular revenue being dedicated to a specific expense, such as public education. Our children’s future should not be left to a game of chance.