The truth behind state lotteries and other creative funding enterprises

In 21 of 23 states with lotteries, the money designated for education from lottery profits was added to education budgets, but an equivalent or higher amount of funding from taxes was then diverted to other initiatives including many state and local pork barrel projects, thus having a net increase of zero dollars or even reductions in educational funding.

The same tactic will be used in the bi-partisan supported Texas Proposition 1 enterprise which was overwhelmingly approved by Texas voters who failed to inform themselves well in the recent midterm election.

The end result is that wasteful government spending increases overall and no benefit will be seen in infrastructure or education. It’s all smoke and mirrors to mask government revenue and spending growth for other projects the voters would oppose funding for.

This is the sort of deceitful activity you get when you elect Republicans and Democrats. They are masters at taking full advantage of voter ignorance.

The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.

– Frédéric Bastiat, What Is Money

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