Georgia: It’s time to legalize casino gambling and sports betting, Abrams says

Georgia: It’s time to legalize casino gambling and sports betting, Abrams says

Article brief provided by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 10, 2022 6:46 PM
  • Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Stacey Abrams backed a plan to legalize casino gambling and sports betting to expand the HOPE scholarship and finance a needs-based program as part of a revamped economic platform she hopes will boost her chances to unseat Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

    The Democrat said Tuesday that the new tax dollars generated by legalized gambling would be a “permanent source of revenue to underwrite broader access to education,” including extending the scholarship to students with a “C” average and above.

    “Studies project that the potential for billions exists in economic impact, funds that will not only finance our efforts to replenish and expand the HOPE scholarship but it will also provide new economic opportunities for Georgia that can grow jobs and make our economy stronger for everyone,” she said.