Alaska could be close to considering legalized sports gambling
Governor Mike Dunleavy wants sports gambling and lotteries to support the state budget
Earlier this week, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced that he is planning to introduce to lawmakers a plan to bring legal lottery and sports betting to the state. Dunleavy is not wasting any time as the Senate Rules Committee already has on its table SB 188, which has the intention to establish the Alaska Lottery Corporation. This initiative comes from the huge hole in the budget that the state is experiencing and that it needs to be tackled, at least in some percentage, as soon as possible. Alongside the lottery service, this bill proposes the state also offers scratch-offs and some other games.
“In the face of low state revenues, my administration has been actively seeking new revenue sources to diversify our economy. Not only does this legislation have the potential of creating new business opportunities, but the profits generated from lottery activities will also be designated to K-12 education, domestic violence prevention programs, drug abuse prevention programs, foster care, and homelessness,” Dunleavy said. “Alaska is one of only five states without a lottery. The first-term governor added, “I believe it is time we, as a state, have the conversation on the potential benefits that could come from a state lottery.”
Dunleavy is of more of a conservative type, but since he got the governor’s chair back in December 2018, he has come to deal with the budget issues, making several authorities to make significant cuts in the budgets for various programs.