December 18, 2012
HARRISBURG - A union representing state workers has filed a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the Corbett administration from privatizing the Pennsylvania Lottery. Gov. Corbett is weighing a 20- to 30-year agreement with Camelot Global Services to manage the $3.5 billion lottery. Currently, the 41-year-old lottery is run by the Department of Revenue. AFSCME Council 13, which represents 233 lottery employees, filed suit Monday in Commonwealth Court. Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley called the suit frivolous.
December 17, 2012
Although it once employed the commonwealth's most irritating groundhog, the Pennsylvania Lottery is an economic engine, the envy of other states. The lottery boasted record sales of $3.4 billion last fiscal year - including $1 billion that went to programs for senior citizens - all with negligible administrative costs. I'm no fan of the lottery; I see it as a regressive tax on the poor. But love it or loathe it, the lottery is a model of efficiency and transparency. "We're a pretty good barometer of complaints," Auditor General Jack Wagner said of his office.
December 13, 2012
HARRISBURG - The company seeking a contract with Gov. Corbett to run the Pennsylvania Lottery may not get paid unless its plans to expand gambling are clearly legal, state Treasurer Rob McCord said Wednesday. McCord's position could be a blow to Corbett's plans to possibly hire Britain-based Camelot Global Services, the only bidder for a 20-year contract to manage one of the nation's biggest lotteries. It could also force Corbett to seek specific approval from the legislature to allow the Pennsylvania Lottery to operate keno or online lottery games.
December 6, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Democratic lawmakers are taking aim at GOP Gov. Corbett's administration's move to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery's management, saying that it is shrouded in secrecy and will result in a corporate giveaway that diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's services for the elderly. In a letter Friday, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, asked Corbett for a slew of documents, including the proposed management agreement between the state and Britain-based Camelot Global Services, an unredacted copy of Camelot's bid and a full explanation of the scope of expanded lottery gambling being considered.
December 5, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Democratic lawmakers are taking aim at the Corbett administration's move to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery's management, saying it is shrouded in secrecy and will result in a corporate giveaway that diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's services for the elderly. In a letter Friday, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D., Allegheny) asked Gov. Corbett, a Republican, for a slew of documents, including the proposed management agreement between the state and the British firm Camelot Global Services, an unredacted copy of Camelot's bid, and a full explanation of the scope of expanded lottery gambling being considered.
November 22, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is poised to award a contract to operate the state's lottery to a British-based company that is promising $34 billion in profits over 20 years. Camelot Global Services PA L.L.C., part of a company that runs the national lottery in the United Kingdom, was the only company to bid. Elizabeth Brassell, a spokeswoman with the Department of Revenue, said the contract could be awarded by year's end once the company's financial history is reviewed and criminal background checks are completed.
November 11, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration said Friday that expanding Pennsylvania Lottery gambling to keno and online games would be key ways to produce more revenue from the $3.5 billion lottery system that funds programs for the elderly. The administration made the statement as part of an update on its talks with companies about privatizing the management of the $3.5 billion lottery system under a 20-year agreement. Asked about it Friday, Gov. Corbett would say only that the ideas were "on the table.
June 14, 2012 |
Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser is the state's tax collector, but he found himself being asked Tuesday evening about whether animals were disappearing because of natural-gas drilling. Meuser fielded a wide range of questions during an address before the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Center City. He was there to try to explain Gov. Corbett's proposed $27.1 billion state budget, and talk about why mounting fiscal obligations and a sluggish economy have led to planned cuts in education and welfare programs.
May 31, 2012 |
Mega Millions no longer has one of the two biggest jackpots in these parts. A ticket purchased in Pomona, Calif., hit all the numbers drawn Tuesday night — 2, 14, 29, 53 and 55, with a Mega Ball of 31 — to win an annuity worth $32 million, or $24 million cash. As a result, Friday's annuity prize will be worth $12 million, the lump sum payout $9 million. That's smaller than the New Jersey Pick Six jackpot, which has been growing all year. It's up to $18.2 million (annuity)