Lotteries as Disguised, Regressive, and Counterproductive Taxes

@article{Wolff2010LotteriesAD,
  title={Lotteries as Disguised, Regressive, and Counterproductive Taxes},
  author={R. P. Wolff},
  journal={International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction},
  year={2010},
  volume={9},
  pages={136-139}
}
  • R. Wolff
  • Published 1 April 2011
  • Economics
  • International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Lotteries are now operated by most of the 50 United States of America. Because of recent decades of widespread tax revolts, state politicians have had to find disguises for—or new masked forms of—taxation. With determination and heavy promotion, they have succeeded in largely reversing the older American notion that gambling is sinful. In the elegant words of conservative South Carolina State Senator Robert Ford, reported by the Associated Press, “Gambling ain’t no blight on society.” Far from… 

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