Rep. Mark Painter
HARRISBURG PA – A proposal to hire a foreign company to manage Pennsylvania’s 41-year-old lottery program drew opposition Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013) from state Rep. Mark Painter, who represents Lower Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Limerick and Royersford in the 146th House District.
Painter added his name to an amicus or “friend of the court” brief that House and Senate Democrats say will fight Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to privatize lottery operations. The brief supports a lawsuit against the plan filed in December 2012 by the union of some state workers who could lose lottery-related jobs, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Corbett proposes to sign a contract with Camelot Global Services PA LLC, a company based in the United Kingdom, for lottery management services. Camelot reportedly was the sole bidder for the work. The suit alleges the governor lacks the statutory authority to make the deal.
Painter said he was shocked that “the governor took it upon himself to sign away control of the lottery without even consulting with those who represent the people who will be most affected.” The contract was the subject of public hearings held earlier this week by the state House Aging and Older Services Committee.
Lottery proceeds in Montgomery County, according to Painter, annually pay for about $14.1 million in prescription-drug assistance, $8.9 million for property tax and rent rebates, $7.3 million for aging programs and senior centers, $13.7 million in long-term living services, and $7 million for the shared or free-ride transportation. The lottery also distributed $97 million in prizes in the county.
“Every dollar the governor shifts to profit a foreign corporation is a dollar lost to our seniors,” Painter claimed.
Painter’s local office is in Sanatoga village, at 600 Heritage Drive, Suite 102. For more information, call 610-326-9563.
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