Corbett admin: Lottery deal publicized

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Good morning.

The P-G's new county government reporter, Andrew McGill, has his first Grant Street story today on Controller Chelsa Wagner's audit of CCAC's budget.

The Corbett administration had a Philly law firm working pro bono on its NCAA lawsuit for months, Karen Langley reports.

The administration had been working on lottery privatization openly -- not secretly -- argues Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser in an op-ed in today's P-G. Also, it's the media's fault:

Just because the media wasn't listening doesn't mean we weren't talking.

Last year, on April 2 to be exact, the Department of Revenue issued a news release saying that it would seek qualified bidders for a contract to operate the lottery. Gov. Tom Corbett himself was quoted: "This initiative is simply part of my administration's efforts to tap private sector innovation to make state government work more efficiently and effectively, which is precisely what taxpayers expect."

Brian O'Neill has his own questions about the privatization deal.

A federal appeals court has denied the P-G's request that reporters and photographers be allowed into polling places, Rich Lord writes.

Here's Jim O'Toole's full story on Michael Lamb's mayoral announcement.

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