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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 11:06am

More Education Funding ... Bingo!

Updated: 4 years ago.
Thurbert Baker wants to bring electronic bingo to Georgia to pay for education. (photo by Kevin Dooley via flickr)

Attorney General and Democratic candidate for governor Thurbert Baker came out with a bold idea on the campaign trail today.

He wants to bring electronic bingo to Georgia to pay for education.

In the rotunda of the state capital, Baker says the program could eventually raise more than $2 billion a year to expand Pre-K and increase teacher pay.

"These initiatives are transformative initiatives," says Baker. "They’re going to change education in a way we’ve never seen it changed in the state of Georgia. These are bold new concepts to generate the revenue we need."

Baker says first voters would have to approve his idea in a constitutional amendment.

The bingo program would be run by the Georgia lottery.

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