Up to 180 state-worker jobs at stake in lottery bills

Source: Justin A. Hinkley, Livingston Daily, February 10, 2015

Up to 180 state-worker jobs could be privatized under a pair of bills recently introduced in the Legislature. The bills — one in each chamber — would require state Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen to seek bids from private companies for management of the state lottery, though the legislation wouldn’t require the commissioner to accept those bids. Both bills were just referred to committee and haven’t yet had a hearing. … Holyfield said the Lottery Bureau hadn’t yet analyzed the bill and took no position on it. But he noted already 97 cents of every state lottery dollar directly benefits Michiganders. Last fiscal year, he said, the lottery put nearly $743 million into the School Aid Fund, paid retailers $188 million in commission and paid winning Michiganders $1.6 billion. Schmidt’s Senate bill was referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee and was co-sponsored by four Republicans. Poleski’s House bill was referred to the House Commerce and Trade Committee and had no co-sponsors. …