Alabama state auditor says lottery ‘absolutely not necessary’

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HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — As lawmakers continue the debate on a lottery in Alabama, state auditor Jim Zeigler says it is not necessary.

Zeigler was in Homewood Wednesday, where he delivered a big speech to the Kiwanis Club at the public library.

He says with the BP oil spill settlement money going toward the general fund budget, that $70 million is more than enough to make up for the Medicaid shortfall.

“This mad rush to ram through a lottery in the next one week is absolutely not necessary,” Zeigler said. “Medicaid can be funded without it.”

Zeigler says he’d also like to see the impeachment investigation moving forward against Governor Robert Bentley.

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