John Brummett, who's written approvingly of the proposed state lottery
, gives the floor today to a critic
who fears, with justification, that the promise of more money for higher education will give the legislature cover to reduce its own effort. Lt. Gov. Bill Halter
will say the amendment includes words to prevent that from happening, but they are essentially hollow words. The Constitution can't bind the legislature to specific dollar appropriations and, inevitably, the lottery's very existence will factor into legislative thinking about meeting colleges' regular appeals for increasing levels of support to avoid tuition increases.