ATLANTA -- Thurbert Baker, a candidate for governor in next month's Democratic primary in Georgia, is running on a platform of legalizing electronic bingo machines as an expansion of the existing state lottery. Baker is a three-time state attorney general and the current occupant of that office.
Taxes from bingos could rise to $2 billion within a decade and would be used to fund educational programs, provide longer school terms and hire more teachers, Baker said.
Georgia's House and Senate would have to pass a constitutional amendment by a two-thirds vote to legalize bingo machines. Baker also is in favor of a constitutional amendment to ensure that all bingo tax revenues are used entirely for education.