Pressure grows to use bingo as revenue source


Dana Beyerle
Times Montgomery
February 8, 2010

[efoods]MONTGOMERY — Political and public pressure is building to bring bingo bling to Alabama’s financially ailing school and general government revenue.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne said acute issues like education and jobs are out there, but bingo is becoming the issue in an election year when all constitutional and legislative offices are on the ballot.

“It’s the tail wagging the dog,” Byrne said Friday.

Alabama’s main revenues continued their drop for the fourth month into the 2009-2010 fiscal year. All revenues were down 2.75 percent for the four months of the year compared with last year, according to the Revenue Department, a decrease of $76 million.

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