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Gambling may help increase money for higher education

April 1, 2003
By: Nishi Gupta
State Capital Bureau

People gambling on video machines in Missouri is now one step closer to becoming reality--and the money generated from those machines would go into the state's pocket.

Nishi Gupta reports.

The bill would allow video gambling machines in businesses like bars and truck stops. The sponsor, Columbia-area senator Ken Jacob, says his bill offers a solution to Missouri's tough economic times. But, Jacob says there's opposition because many politicians don't want to seem pro-gambling. Jacob says the video machines would be a valuable tool for increasing revenue.

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The bill says any revenue would go to a higher education trust fund, and would be spent on improving facilities and providing scholarships to low-income students.

The bill now goes to the full senate for consideration.

From Jefferson City, I'm Nishi Gupta for Missouri Capitol Caucus.