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TitleYou Betcha
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Skipper, RB
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published03/2012
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsECONOMICS , Government Ethics , Public Policy
AbstractIn 2004, U.S. state lotteries generated $145.5 billion for public coffers. Proponents often tout lotteries as nothing more than a voluntary tax that, although inefficient to collect, precludes debates on the politically charged issues of need, fairness and burden. Nevertheless, state-run lotteries rarely escape controversy. The new frontier in lottery legislation is the privatization of these games of chance. As states struggle with budget shortfalls, public officials increasingly propose to sell lottery enterprises to private groups.
NotesCase study from the March 1, 2012 APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2012.
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