May 3, 2013


PA: Kane: Lottery deal must have Assembly role. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday that she expected to receive the Corbett administration’s revised contract to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery any day now – but signaled that she likely will not approve the proposal unless the legislature gets to sign off. “They would have to vote on it just like any other privatization deal, and also, they would have to change the gaming rules,” Kane said. She added that she had seen no sign that the legislature would be given such a role.

PA: Harrisburg lobbying firm reps both sides in liquor privatization fight. A Harrisburg lobbying firm representing the state liquor store clerks earned more than $1 million last year for campaign work on behalf of Republicans, who are pushing privatization of liquor sales. Tribune-Review

NJ: CWA releases radio ad attacking Christie’s lottery privatization plan. Chris Christie’s plan to privatize parts of the state lottery. In the 60-second spot called “Sketchy,” the Communication Workers of America says the plan is illegal and will lead to thousands of job losses. Hunterdon County Democrat

IL: Opinion: Chicago Mayor Makes Parking Meter Deal Worse. Chicago, Illinois Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have done the impossible. He may have actually made Chicago’s reviled parking meter lease deal even worse. At a press conference Monday morning Emanuel announced a settlement in the ongoing legal battle between the city and Chicago Parking Meters, LLC (CPM). Initially, it sounded like the city had indeed arm twisted some mild improvements to the universally despised deal out of CPM, but as details of the proposed settlement emerged, Emanuel’s allegedly new and improved parking meter lease deal looks like it could make things even more challenging and expensive for Chicago drivers.