Casinos, Education And Medicaid: A Talk With Ga. House Speaker Ralston | WABE 90.1 FM

Casinos, Education And Medicaid: A Talk With Ga. House Speaker Ralston

Jan 26, 2017

Supporters of legalizing casino gambling in Georgia are introducing legislation to do just that.  

The proposed constitutional amendment – and a companion bill to outline how and where casinos would operate – call for the state to put some of the money it would collect from casinos into the HOPE scholarship program.  Another share of the state's take would go to a plan for scholarships based on need.

One key to passing the constitutional amendment and getting it before Georgia voters:  winning the support of House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who has always been skeptical about legalizing casinos.  

On "Morning Edition," the speaker talked with Denis O'Hayer about whether he can be persuaded to support a casino bill.  

(Note:  the expanded version also includes conversations about the state's continued stand against expanding Medicaid, and the debate about changing the state's funding formula for K-12 education and the Governor's proposal to intervene in chronically-failing schools.)

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