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State lottery scholarship under siege again

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By Milan Simonich
The New Mexican

New Mexico college students should beware of trickery at the state Capitol.

A proposal that seems innocuous at first glance would undermine the state scholarship program that serves them well.

I call your attention to Senate Bill 283. It's the latest attempt to fatten the income of vendors for the state lottery at the expense of New Mexico's students.

The title of this legislation by Democratic Sens. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque and John Arthur Smith of Deming is as deceptive as any I've seen.

It reads: "Limit lottery operational expenses."

Restrictions on what the New Mexico Lottery Authority could spend to run its gambling operation are only a small part of this proposed legislation. And they're the least important part.

The bill by Candelaria and Smith would eliminate a section of law requiring the lottery to provide at least 30 percent of its gross monthly revenues for college scholarships. Instead, the bill contains a stark reference to net revenues going to the scholarship fund.


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