Speaking of the Lottery, the big news out of the Legislature last week may have been the governor's bill to cut Lottery appropriations $39.12 million a year, or a 15 percent for most statutory funding recipients (SB385, HB4266, HB4333).
That includes cutting the nearly $100 million a year in Lottery funds to underwrite thoroughbred and greyhound racing purse and breeders funds, which I thought would bring thoroughbred owners and breeders en masse to the Capitol.
While there have been calls in the past to cut the corporate welfare to the horse and dog breeders and owners, the bill also imposes a 15 percent cut on appropriations to cities and counties with racetrack casinos -- a strategically questionable move.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper, for one, said the cut would cost the county between $225,000 and $300,000 a year, and said he is asking the Legislature to provide a fiscal note showing the impact of the proposed cuts to all affected cities and counties.
Filing deadline for the 2014 elections was midnight Saturday, but one name that won't be on the primary ballot is Margaret Kerr Beckwith, whose application to run for the state Senate in the 11th District was rejected by the Secretary of State's office on the grounds that Sen. Clark Barnes, R-Randolph, is a resident of the same county.
(Under state law, in multi-county senatorial districts, only one senator may be elected from each county.)
Beckwith contends that Barnes had been living in Buckhannon, which is also in the 11th, but in Upshur County, and on Jan. 10, changed his voter registration address to 42 Rosewood Drive in Montrose, Randolph County, which appears to be a fairly modest one-story frame house.
Barnes said Friday he has no idea what Beckwith is talking about.
Finally, on the legislative activity calendar, the State Farm Insurance reception is Monday evening at the Marriott.
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