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Asa Hutchinson: Shift lottery authority to new state agency

One question centered on the future of Arkansas's scholarship lottery. The legislature acted this month to temporarily prohibit an expansion into monitor-based games. The keno-style games with drawings on screens every 4 to 6 minutes could be located in retail outlets, restaurants, service stations, and bars.

Ross said he was against the lottery when it began but now wants to work to make it better. Hutchinson said the lottery's authority should shift from its commission to a new state agency. "More influence on the director by the governor as an executive branch agency I think would help them to look at problems down the road. We've got some significant challenges from reduced revenue for the lottery," said Hutchinson.

Both Ross and Hutchinson have previously said they do not support putting state general revenue into the scholarships. While Hutchinson & Ross expressed distaste for the lottery they still talked about utilizing its funds for scholarships and continuing its existence.

Source: UALR Public Radio on 2014 Arkansas Gubernatorial debate Jul 11, 2014

Frank Gilbert: Do away with the lottery; not the right way to fund schools

One question centered on the future of Arkansas's scholarship lottery. The legislature temporarily prohibited an expansion into monitor-based games. The keno-style games with drawings on screens every four to six minutes could be located in retail outlets, restaurants, service stations, and bars.

Democrat Mike Ross said he was against the lottery when it began but now wants to work to make it better. Republican Asa Hutchinson said the lottery's authority should shift from its commission to a new state agency.

While Hutchinson & Ross expressed distaste for the lottery they still talked about utilizing its funds for scholarships and continuing its existence. But Libertarian Frank Gilbert said using a lottery to fund scholarships is not an answer to rising higher education costs. "If it were allowed, if it were possible, if I could I'd do away with the lottery right now. I believe the people of Arkansas could do that. We're the ones that voted it in, let's do away with it," said Gilbert.

Source: UALR Public Radio on 2014 Arkansas Gubernatorial debate Jul 11, 2014

Mike Ross: Opposed lottery initially; but now let's make it better

One question centered on the future of Arkansas's scholarship lottery. The legislature acted this month to temporarily prohibit an expansion into monitor-based games. The keno-style games with drawings on screens every four to six minutes could be located in retail outlets, restaurants, service stations, and bars.

Mike Ross said he was against the lottery when it began but now wants to work to make it better. "It is providing greater opportunities and making college within reach for more young people in this state and I'm committed to making sure that as many as those dollars as possible continue to fund educational opportunities," said Ross. Ross said he does not believe voters intended for the monitor-based games the Lottery Commission had sought to roll out this fall.

Asa Hutchinson said the lottery's authority should shift from its commission to a new state agency. Both Ross and Hutchinson have previously said they do not support putting state general revenue into the scholarships

Source: UALR Public Radio on 2014 Arkansas Gubernatorial debate Jul 11, 2014

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