HARRISBURG, March 25, 2013 – Gov. Tom Corbett’s public announcement that he is considering changes to the contract with a British firm to privately manage the Pennsylvania Lottery is not sitting well with state Sen. Mike Stack (D-Phila.).

Stack today sent a letter to the governor urging him to rebid the opportunity if he will continue to refuse to allow the lottery to manage the multi-billion dollar program.

“While I still do not believe that privatizing the management of the Lottery is appropriate or necessary, I think any changes to the original contract trigger a need to rebid the lottery privatization contract,” Stack wrote. “We both agree strongly on the ideals of openness, transparency and fairness in state government, and rebidding this contract could allow for more firms to participate and, ultimately, provide more benefits to Pennsylvanians.

The senator said rebidding the contract would be more prudent in light of the fact that Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the original agreement was unconstitutional.

“Lottery profits fund numerous programs that help our senior citizens.  Your proposal to privatize our lottery is seismic shift in policy that will take money from senior citizens and funnel it to private companies,” Stack said.

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Editor’s Note: Sen. Stack’s letter is below.

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March 25, 2013

The Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor

225 Main Capitol Building

Harrisburg, PA 17120

 

Dear Governor Corbett,

The Pennsylvania Lottery has been a self-sustaining and impressive national model that truly displays the partnership between appropriate governmental oversight and fiscal responsibility.  Lottery profits fund numerous programs that help our senior citizens.  Your proposal to privatize our lottery is seismic shift in policy that will take money from senior citizens and funnel it to private companies.  Attorney General Kane has weighed in and found your plan to be unconstitutional.

In response to the decision by the Attorney General, your administration is rumored to be making some changes to the contract with Camelot and then resubmitting it to the Attorney General for review.  While, I still oppose the privatization of the Lottery, I think any changes to the original contract trigger a need to rebid it. We both agree strongly on the ideals of openness, transparency and fairness in state government, and rebidding this contract would allow for more firms to participate and could, ultimately, provide more benefits to Pennsylvanians.

Thank you for your time in this matter.  I look forward to hearing back from you.

 

Sincerely,

Senator Mike Stack

5th Senatorial District

 

MJS/jcg

 

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