CC by 2.0 Randy Heinitz
Kansas, Politics

It’s All About the Benjamins

Last Tuesday, Kansans agreed – by an overwhelming margin – to amend our state constitution to include language that will allow charitable organizations to hold raffles for fundraising. What? Raffles were illegal in Kansas? Yes, they were. Like running a pot in a fantasy football league, it was considered a form of illegal gambling. Though the state obviously wasn’t beating down folks’ doors over the matter, they wanted to codify approval of the practice. And that’s A Good Thing™, right? Well, not so fast. When it comes to all things government, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. To be upfront, I was one of the 25% of people that voted no on the issue, and it’s not because I don’t want churches to be able to raise money to fix their roof. The problem wasn’t the principle, it was the policy; in my mind it would be much harder to authorize that policy and then scale it back to protect the principle rather than just draft a better policy.

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