Bryant: Lottery a possibility in special session

Governor Phil Bryant says creating a lottery is a possibility if a legislative special session is called.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 8:11 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 8:16 PM

UNION COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Governor Phil Bryant says creating a lottery is a possibility if a legislative special session is called.

"We need additional revenue, and I think this is one of the better ways to be able to seek it and make sure we're not raising people's taxes," Bryant told reporters following an event at the Toyota plant near Blue Springs Thursday.

According to the Republican governor, there is support in the House and Senate to pass a lottery although he knows some would oppose the game of chance on religious grounds.

Bryant says he spoke with House Speaker Philip Gunn earlier in the day about calling lawmakers back to Jackson early and planned to do the same with Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves.

He would like to see a special session in several weeks and have things organized to where legislators would only be in session a day or two.

The governor says a special session would also likely address a plan to deal with long-term infrastructure needs across the state.

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