A new report from the N.C. Justice Center, a left-leaning think tank, critiques how the Republican legislature allocated N.C. Education Lottery proceeds in the latest state budget.
The title of the report -- "A Failed Experiment" -- suggests that legislative leaders used lottery money to supplant, not supplement, education funding. Author Matthew Ellinwood notes that the legislature put only 23.5 percent of the lottery's education dollars toward school construction, instead of the standard 40 percent.
Lottery spokesman Van Denton noted that the report suggests lottery sales are stagnating, but in reality they continue to increase. (Early projections of a downward trend in the coming year didn't come true.)
Read the full report here.