A campaign is under way in Maryland to make slot machine gambling legal, and the largest teachers union in the state has now added it’s endorsement for the referendum.
Of course the promise here, as with many state lottery programs, is that part of the winnings will fund education programs.
However, unless studies from other areas in the US that allow casual gambling don’t apply in Maryland, large parts of those “winnings” will come from people who can’t afford it in the first place.
So, is it a good idea to pay for public schools through such an inconsistent and morally questionable channel?
I guess you take what you can get considering the general public, for the most part, really doesn’t want to pay for schools (or most government services) at all.