Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he wants legislators to make a late-session push to enact a lottery that might generate tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue.
“When you’re looking at some of the challenges that we’re having and you see a revenue bill that would generate somewhere between 50 and 60 million dollars – just an estimate – I think that’s something that needs to be taken seriously by the members of both the House and the Senate,” Bryant told The Associated Press during a brief interview at the Capitol.
The Republican governor this week had to make his third round of spending cuts since the budget year started July 1 because tax collections continue to fall short of expectations.
Bryant also said he is asking the state Department of Finance and Administration to thoroughly review contracts for goods and services, for more ways to cut costs:. “I think we could capture some real savings in that.”