State-Run Lotteries: Seeking Solutions, Creating Disaster

Apr 9, 2019

The Alabama Policy Institute’s position on the lottery has been well-known and well-publicized throughout the organization’s nearly thirty-year history: a state-run lottery is bad public policy, both fiscally and socially, and it is the wrong solution to address the state’s unsustainable fiscal trajectory. This is not merely a right-versus-left issue, as there are many outspoken opponents […]

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