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?