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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Decision on Lottery bid may be delayed until mid-January

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Dec 27, 2012 9:58 PM

The Corbett administration is trying to push a year-end deadline back by two or three weeks to decide whether to lease the operations of the Pennsylvania Lottery to a private company.

The “primary” reason, according to the state Revenue Secretary, has to do with the union that represents some of the Lottery’s employees.

AFSCME Council 13 is allowed to make its own counter-offer to the private bid on the Lottery, and it just got an extension, making its offer due January 8.

But Secretary Dan Meuser said Thursday there’s another reason the commonwealth is pursuing a later deadline.

“The governor is very concerned about what I consider to be ridiculous claims that this has been a – that this process has lacked transparency,” he said. He added that he and other administration officials have, together, held more than 100 meetings with Republican and Democratic state legislators.

Just one of those meetings was public – a hearing held this past spring. But there may be another shot at quelling transparency concerns before a bid is finalized. Sen. Mike Brubaker, Republican chair of the Senate Finance Committee, has scheduled a public hearing January 14.

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