Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Breast cancer lottery

Not the lottery that women do not want to lose if they get breast cancer but instead Senate Bill 1 which will set up a breast cancer lottery. About a third of the state senate are in the Blue Room promoting SB 1. The new tagline is Ticket for the Cure. They are hoping to raise at least 3 million for breast cancer prevention programs. There is something sad about depending on a scratch off lottery ticket to raise money for smart public investment but when the state is broke, a lottery ticket is a new revenue stream. The thinking is that new people who do not currently throw away their money on lottery tickets will start buying these tickets in order to fund breast cancer programs. To me this is one more reason for a 4 percent income tax but it is nice to see a creative idea.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dan, Lottery and Casino revenues are an effective tax on the poor and uneducated. You know that. Let's not soften up too much on our ideals here. Tax the rich, not the poor. Pragmatism kills.

ChicagoJason said...

Oh, God, this makes me cringe even more than the lottery game to pay for veterans' programs that Pat Quinn announced the other day. What does it say about us as a society that we would rather fund programs by encouraging poor and middle income people to dump their money into lottery games than by simply providing these services through general taxes? What a sick society we're becoming.

MDS said...

Why breast cancer and why a lottery? Why not give every disease its own special tax on the poor to pay for its research? How absurd that every person who bets on the Super Bowl this weekend is breaking the law in every state but Nevada, and at the same time our elected officials are encouraging gambling and dressing it up as an opportunity to fight a deadly disease. Meanwhile, government services that have real promise, like taxpayer-financed stem cell research, gets ignored. The hypocrisy of our government never ceases to amaze me. This is a terrible idea.