Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Throughout the history of governments and their relations with the people, there has existed a necessary evil which is anything but popular. This evil is the principle of taxation. While it is widely accepted that the collective benefits that accompany a reasonable level of taxation are worth the individual pecuniary inconveniences, the prospect of raising taxes always aggravates the general public. Because politicians view more and more services as the route to increased public satisfaction, ideas for new programs and ventures arise each day in the states making it imperative that additional revenue sources be tapped or existing programs be cut. The former is the preferred method, but this task is much easier said than done as raising taxes is the worst nemesis of politicians.
Just when the sky seems to be caving in on all the poor, unfortunate politicians in the country, a new revenue generator emerges on the scene in the form of the state lottery. On the contrary, lotteries are not a new phenomenon in the the United States or anywhere else for that matter. They have been around for centuries, and where they abound a plethora of controversial issues surrounding the games of chance also exists.
Date of Award
Department of Economics
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1990 - Joel E. Abrahamson
Abrahamson, Joel E., "Lottery fever: Is it healthy?" (1990). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 32.