Sunacom - Odell: "If you win $2 on a scratch ticket, by law, you should be sending-in 10 percent..."

In his Feb. 6, 2011 column on Sunacom.com, New Hampshire Senator Odell writes:

"If you win $2 on a scratch ticket, by law, you should be sending-in 10 percent of your winnings to the state." "...Charlie McIntyre suggested that, in part as a result of the gambling tax, lottery ticket buyers in Massachusetts are buying their tickets at home to avoid the tax..." "Instead of repealing the gambling tax effective at the end of the current fiscal year, the amendment would make the repeal effective upon passage."

"[Actual revenue for the current fiscal year is short by] less than one percent of projections... " "Still, there will be a major challenge given the built-in deficit projected, because of the lack of federal stimulus money... and new costs facing the state resulting from past policy decisions."

"...some people [have] six or more telecommunications providers from which to choose when they want to purchase services." "...in the two years since 2009 data was collected, one can be sure the traditional land-line companies have slipped further in the number of lines in service." "State regulatory policies need to change to insure that customers have service options and competitive pricing."

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  http://sunacom.com/columnists/odell/odell_02-06-11.html