Tobash Seeks to Maintain Commitment to Senior Citizens
Encourages administration not to enter into costly litigation
HARRISBURG – In his commitment to protecting senior citizens in the 125th District and throughout Pennsylvania, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks) has shared his thoughts regarding the contract to manage day-to-day operations of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
On Friday the contract offer to the Commonwealth was again extended by Camelot Global Services LLC, which was the only bidder, after Attorney General Kathleen Kane precluded the contract from moving forward earlier this month.
“The Pennsylvania Lottery is the only lottery of its kind in our nation that exclusively generates revenue for a wide range of services that benefit our senior citizens,” Tobash said. “If turning over management to a private entity leads to outsourcing of Pennsylvania jobs, risking benefits to seniors and spending money on costly and unnecessary litigation, I will not be supportive of such a venture.”
Millions of dollars each year go into Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers, free or reduced rides, prescription drug assistance and property tax and rent rebates.
“While I understand the need to make sure the funds providing these services are solvent for years to come so that we can maintain and maximize our commitment to these benefits, we must be careful in making any decisions that might affect the future of our seniors. It’s extremely important to me that the citizens of Schuylkill and Berks County get a say in the future of the lottery. I feel strongly that all lottery benefits should go to seniors, and that’s why I’m a co-sponsor of legislation that guarantees the funds will continue to be used solely for senior programs,” Tobash said.
For more information on Tobash and his legislative priorities, visit RepTobash.com or Facebook.com/RepTobash.
Representative Mike Tobash
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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