For an administration that prides itself on transparency and efficiency, the lottery privatization plan developed by Gov. Tom Corbett has been surprisingly covert and has the potential to jeopardize the security of one of the state’s most reliable assets.
The administration is adamant that the plan was developed with full openness, and points to consultations with 127 legislators over the past 10 months, augmented with 10 update meetings, and its participation in legislative hearings on the plan.
But the specifics of the governor’s plan, which was conceived with input from potential private sector bidders, were not available during the hearings. As a result the plan was, for the public, essentially developed in secret.