GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue wants North Carolina legislators to tax video sweepstakes machines as long as they're legal for more education money since lawmakers won't accept her earlier proposal to raise the sales tax.
Perdue called a news conference Thursday urging Republican lawmakers to consider the idea as they draw up next year's budget. She says she ultimately wants sweepstakes machines banned but for now they should be regulated and taxed. Her office said such regulation could bring in $300 million next year.
The Court of Appeals struck down the state's sweepstakes machine ban in March. The state has appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca called Perdue's idea "ridiculous" and says the machines are a "scourge" on the state that cannot be regulated.
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