Marsh says cash-strapped Alabama should consider gambling

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says casino gambling and a lottery could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for a state trying to put together a budget.

The Anniston Republican discussed results of a study he commissioned from Auburn University at Montgomery during a Monday press conference. Marsh said the study showed $400 million in new state revenue, with $332 million of that coming from a state lottery.

Marsh said those were impressive numbers. Marsh says he considers it an easy decision to seek legalized gambling over raising taxes. Marsh says he’ll discuss the idea with senators, but will only introduce legislation if he believes it has a chance of passing.

The study included a state lottery and casino games at four existing dog tracks around the state.