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Using HOPE’s instability as justification, casino advocates last year resurrected efforts to change gambling laws. MGM Resorts International hired an army of 16 lobbyists to drum up support, emphasizing that Georgians already spend an estimated $346 million each year rolling the dice in nearby states.
In a recent interview, Rep. Evans chatted with us about how she would like to see the scholarship program retooled, the potential role of casinos in shoring up the state’s academic scholarship program, and why the state would benefit from providing some students with needs-based aid.
There is a little old lady living in the bushes along the on-ramp by my house. I might have imagined her, but I doubt it. The last time I hallucinated, I was seventeen and driving south on the freeway that runs along the California coast. Suddenly I saw wild animals—giraffes, warthogs, and whatnot—running alongside my car, and keeping good pace, too.
The term “adult redemption game” may sound evocative, perhaps even near-poetic—until you realize the words are vending-industry jargon for a videogame that allows high-scorers to win merchandise vouchers or lottery tickets while perched on a stool in the back of a truck stop or convenience store.