by Max Brantley
Sen. Sue Madison is prepared to make a pitch for a legislative study of abolishing the lottery. Sounds like she's not likely to get even courtesy support. The fight is, of course, long over, but give Madison her point:
Madison said she has concerns about state government promoting a form of gambling that she believes targets the poor, particularly during tough economic times.
“We get good revenue from taxes on tobacco, we get good revenue from taxes on alcohol, but we’re not out there promoting people to drink or encouraging them to smoke, and yet we are encouraging people to buy lottery tickets, and I think that’s probably not a good position for our government to take,” she said.