The Poarch Creeks have offered to cover this year's budget shortfall in exchange for exclusive gaming rights. To accept this offer would be, I believe a huge mistake.

I urge our legislators to look for more creative ways to balance the budget, such as the proposal to merge the Education and General funds budgets and remove many of the current earmarks. Although I am reluctant to say this, if necessary, raise taxes instead of taking the Poarch Creeks up on their offer. It is better to break a campaign promise than to sell your soul.

Peter Schwartz


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