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February 19, 2019
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GUILLEN WORKS TO GROW EDUCATION & VETERAN FUNDING
AUSTIN – State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a bill last week that allows the Texas Lottery Commission to contract with third parties to advertise and market the Lottery, and sell advertisement space on lottery tickets. Rep. Guillen says the bill will allow the Commission to increase its revenue, a portion of which is funneled into Texas public education.
"The Lottery Commission provides over a billion dollars to the Texas Foundation Fund every year,” said Guillen. “Allowing the Commission to advertise through other companies and sell advertising space on its tickets will cut operating costs, increase awareness and sales, and ultimately its revenue. And in the end, the revenue goes back to Texas schools."
Last year, the Texas Lottery Commission achieved $5.627 billion in sales, providing $1.432 billion to the Texas Foundation School Fund, and $18.1 million to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since 1997, the Commission has contributed $22 billion to Texas public education and more than $100 million to Texas veterans.
Given the amount of contribution Texas Lottery makes, Rep. Guillen’s HB 1790 seeks to further increase its revenue, and thus, its contribution to education and veterans.
"What we need is efficiency in the way the Lottery Commission runs," added Guillen. “The more efficient it is, the more money we save. And that means more money to education and our veterans.”
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen