"Over time we want to know we have a partner in government," Ober said, "This is an issue that shouldn't rely so heavily on philanthropy."
He and others called on the state to take money in the alcohol and drug abuse prevention fund — made up of five percent of state liquor store profits and averaging $8.5 million per year — and use it for its designated purpose. The legislature routinely diverts much of that money back into the general fund.
Tym Rourke, chairman of the commission that wrote the five-year plan, acknowledged that some initiatives in the plan would suffer if more money is not placed in the fund.
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