Students fight proposed bill that eliminates lottery scholarship
(KRQE) Students from the University of New Mexico plan to make their way to Santa Fe Tuesday and explain to legislators why they should vote down House Bill 147.”We are trying to talk to as many legislators as we can,” said Noah Brooks, UNM Student Body President.
In 2007, lawmakers passed a bill that became law when Gov. Bill Richardson signed off on it. It required the New Mexico Lottery to give 30 percent of what it makes to the Lottery Scholarship program each year.
Lottery officials say,
“by alleviating the mandate, the Lottery will be able to put more prizes in games, in turn increasing sales and thus increasing dollars for students.”
“The biggest issue that I see is that they’re spending all this money toward lobbying the legislature when they could be using that money for advertising and things they say they want to do,” he said.