Evans has been a leader in an effort to restore funding for lottery-funded HOPE scholarships and grants. This past session's casino proposal would have used tax proceeds and licensing fees to boost HOPE's coffers. But Rep. Geoff Duncan, R-Cumming, said Friday, the two should not necessarily be tied together.
“I have a problem with the correlation between fixing HOPE and casinos,” he said. “HOPE is a tuition and spending issue and I don’t feel like more money is going to solve that problem. I want to make sure the conversation is a legitimate conversation. Don’t just let that blur through for HOPE.”
Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, too, raised questions about the 2016 casino bill, specifically supporters' claims that it would raise $1 billion for the state.
“I was a little suspicious about some of the dollar figures,” she said. “It’s not as though just because you open a casino in Georgia people all of a sudden have more money to spend.”