THE PROMISE BROKEN? - Help Me Out Here

(04/09/2001)

By Bob Weaver

If the gray poker machine hasn't been gray enough, now comes the political showdown in the West Virginia Legislature.

The illegal machines have operated in our state for years, many of them owned by well-connected families to Charleston politicians. Gov. Wise has rained on their parade by wanting to really make them illegal by enforcement or legalize and tax.

Gov. Wise has ben staunch in his efforts to send West Virginia kids to college and help pay their bill, in this case with revenues from the illegal machines. It has been called the PROMISE program.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, the money from the gray poker machines will NOW go to increase the salaries of elected officials, corrections officers, school teachers and others (and they may deserve increases) - and a smaller amount (?) will give a kid a little help.

Has the weaseling over this bill broken the PROMISE? What's happened for the kids? What's the spin folks?


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