By Megan Miller, Editor
MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley came out Wednesday morning saying he wants to give Alabama voters a chance to vote on enacting a state lottery.
Bentley said in a video on the state’s website that voters will have the chance to vote on enacting the lottery, and should it pass, they will then vote on a constitutional amendment to make it legal in the state of Alabama. Bentley said adding a lottery will generate $225 million annual for basic services that must be provided by the state.
“The time has come for us to find a permanent solution,” Bentley said in a video on the State’s website. “This solution will provide funding we can count on year after year, without having to raise your taxes or put a Band-Aid on the state’s money problems.”
Bentley said he has faith in the people of Alabama to make the right choice and the best choice, and trusts that the voters and legislators will do the same. Bentley said the legislation will be “clean and transparent,” and there will be a statewide lottery commission enacted to ensure all parties are held accountable.
Watch Bentley’s full video here.