DECEMBER 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News
Treasurer McCord calling for Tom Corbett to stop lottery sell
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, November 14th- The Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord and 2014 Democratic party candidate for Governor called on anti-union Republican Governor Tom Corbett to stop his bid to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery System.
The Corbett Administration on January 11th awarded the British lottery company, Camelot Global Services, a 20-year contract to privately manage the Pennsylvania Lottery System before the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee even held a hearing on the privitization plan.
However, Pennsylvania Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane on February 14th rejected the contract.
Mrs. Kane stated the Camelot deal violated the state constitution and other parts are not authorized by state law, including the expansion of gambling that the agreement would permit. Under the contract Camelot would have been allowed the expansion of gambling with the inclusion of keno and online games. Her power as Attorney General halted the completion of the deal because of the office to review the legality of state contracts.
Mr. Corbett attempted to sell the Pensylvania Lottery System without any checks and balances or involvement with the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Mr. Corbett promised to attempt to continue to sell the Lottery System.
In 2012 the Pennsylvania Lottery System had approximately $3.5 billion in sales with the profits funding many programs for the elderly.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union represents around 170 of the 230 state workers employed by the lottery system and the privitization would have put those jobs in harms way.
David Fillman, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13 in Harrisburg, questions why the Corbett Administration continues to want to fix something that is not broken for a so-called guarantee from a foreign-run company.
Mr. McCord called upon Governor Corbett to “scrap” his bid to privatize the system stating the attempt was “misguided.”
He stated almost $3.5 million has already been spent on legal fees and consultants during the attempt.
Mr. McCord is currently one of at least seven Democrats that are seeking their party’s nomination in May 2014 for a chance to attempt to deny Mr. Corbett of a second four-year term as Pennsylvania Governor which would begin in January 2015.
Treasurer McCord has been endorsed by AFSCME for the 2014 primary election. The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters has also endorsed Mr. McCord.