A proposal to expand casino-like video lottery terminals to help fund the HOPE Scholarship program appears to be dead. When Governor Nathan Deal unveiled his own plan to fix HOPE this week, he rejected expanding gambling. And that pleased officials on Jekyll Island, where Republican State Representative Ron Stephens of Savannah proposed putting terminals.
Nathan Deal became Georgia's 82 governor today. In his inaugural speech he vowed to save the hope scholarship for future generations. Deal's needs to balance a state budget that is expected to be one billion dollars short.