Alabama Agriculture Commissioner and 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Ron Sparks, announced during a Thursday press conference, that as Governor he would bring what he called a comprehensive and sweeping platform of change, to the state, including an education lottery.


Sparks’ proposed education plan, called the LifeStart Scholarship Lottery program would provide every graduating high school student in the state – with a grade average of C, or above – a guaranteed scholarship to an Alabama public university, a two year college or a technical program of their choice.


Sparks also stressed his commitment to the regulation and taxation of casino style gaming – saying that gambling would be taxed, with the proceeds going to support Medicaid, the Special Education Trust Fund, and to also create a special relief fund for agriculture – he likewise stressed his desire to remove what he called senseless tax codes, such as the state grocery tax, which he said serves to place further burdens on families. Sparks added that Alabama is one of only four states without some kind of tax break on groceries.

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Arricle Coursey of Coosa Valley News