The New York State government under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, has officially declared itself “morally” bankrupt.
With the airing of the new “New York State Lottery” commercial State officials have determined that it is alright to use children to peddle their gambling games.
The commercial, is telling gamblers that the money they spend on the lottery goes to fund education. This is true, the state reports that “The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, earning over $48.3 billion.”
The State also reports, “The New York Lottery contributed $3.04 billion in fiscal year 2012-2013 to help support education.”
Less than halfof the funds collected by the lottery, 30%, actually went to fund education.
Meanwhile, AQE reports, “Last week the Governor released a budget that failed to address inequality and will continue to set our schools up for more classroom cuts.”
Parent and community groups across the State of New York should band together to demand that the State use 100% of the money collected from the lottery, less the payouts, for the purposes of providing and excellent education to all of its children as remedy in a Class Action suite charging the State with multiple counts of child abuse starting with their emotionally abusive standardized testing requirements and most definitely ending with their use of our children to promote their lottery enterprise.
The commercial is aimed directly at the urban population as they are the largest purchaser of lottery tickets, “poor households, with annual take-home incomes under $13,000, on average, spend $645 a year on lottery tickets, which comes to about 9% of their yearly income” as reported by Daily Finance.
Nearly half of the lottery money paid out is collected by the State and Federal government in taxes to support government programs that have nothing to do with education.
Stop the madness!
Our children deserve every penny of the lottery money not paid out, spent on providing them with a child centered, developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential, education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents.
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!