Parker Griffith Calls for a State Lottery and Medicaid Expansion
The battle for the Alabama governor’s seat is heating up in Montgomery. Democratic nominee for governor Parker Griffith in a speech today, to retired state employees repeated his call for a state lottery and Medicaid expansion. He said both would jump-start the economy and that Governor Bentley has not pushed for either. Alabamians voted down a lottery in 1999, but Griffith says voters have become more familiar with the education benefits lotteries have provided in neighboring states. Griffith says expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act would provide health care to 300,000 Alabamians and provide an infusion of health care dollars. The state has not elected a Democrat as governor since 1998.