North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue is proposing a tax on sweepstakes winnings that would go towards education.
Governor Perdue said in a statement, “I’m opposed to sweepstakes. I want to run them out of the state, but we have been unable to do that so far. As long as they are here, we should regulate them, tax the heck out of them and use the money to fund our schools.”
Purdue says that state should tax sweepstakes since Republicans in the state refuse to renew a three-quarter cent tax on sales which expired this year.
Traditional gaming machines have been banned in North Carolina, but sweepstakes that allow people who buy internet or phone time to win prizes through clicking on a computer screen are permitted. Sweepstakes parlors and cafés have popped up all over the state and are largely unregulated. Perdue has been vocal about her dislike of sweepstakes citing they cause the same problems as gambling.
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