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Proposal To Privatize PA Lottery Must Protect And Enhance Funding For Neglected Programs Helping Older Pennsylvanians Remain At Home

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP Pennsylvania Advocacy Director Ray Landis today told a State Senate Panel that the Corbett Administration's investigation into privatizing the operations of the state lottery must ensure predictable revenue streams and generate new resources for long-neglected home and community-based services programs serving older adults.

In testimony today before the State Senate Finance Committee, Landis told lawmakers that privatizing the lottery would represent a fundamental change in the funding source for many programs designed to help older Pennsylvanians stay at home and in their communities.  He added that any adjustments to the state lottery must maximize revenues available to existing programs that provide essential assistance to older adults statewide while minimizing the risk of future funding shortfalls.    

"We've said all along that the Corbett Administration's investigation into privatizing the operations of the Pennsylvania Lottery must result in a system that increases revenues and provides new funding for existing programs specifically created to help older adults remain at home," said Landis. "At the same time, we have called for an investigative process that emphasizes transparency so older Pennsylvanians have no doubt about the future scope and availability of lottery-funded programs."

Landis told committee members that the state's growing population of older Pennsylvanians and their strong desire to remain at home for as long as possible makes it important to increase funding for existing lottery programs that have developed significant waiting lists for services in communities statewide.   

"Throughout the process, Administration officials have indicated they expect lottery revenues to increase should the private management agreement be approved, and the AFSCME proposal announced last week also anticipates higher revenues," he said. "AARP applauds Governor Corbett's pledge to use increased revenues to expand underfunded programs that help older Pennsylvanians remain at home and in the community."  

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