On Friday the Arkansas Lottery released its monthly financial report for May.
According to the report, the Arkansas Lottery took in over $38 million in May, but paid out roughly $7 million in scholarships–about 18 cents for every dollar it made.
Overall, Lottery revenue and scholarship funding have declined since April.
There’s simply no excuse for the Arkansas Lottery’s consistently low scholarship budget. If you would like to know the one thing the Arkansas Lottery could do to pay more to scholarships right now–even if lottery revenue dropped by tens of millions of dollars–click here.
Below is a breakdown of the Lottery’s financial figures for this fiscal year.
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Last week we joined more than 80 pro-life organizations in signing a letter urging Congress to keep funding for abortion providers out of the American Health Care Act, the new healthcare law up for consideration.
The letter reads in part,
The “American Health Care Act” protects life in two ways. First, it includes language similar to the Hyde amendment that ensures abortion is not paid for or incentivized through the federal healthcare programs created in the Obamacare replacement, including tax credits for health insurance. Second if enacted, it would, for the first time, cut off federal Medicaid funding for certain abortion providers. Both of these pro-life policies are essential to the bill, and must be retained all the way to final passage.
Most Americans believe abortion ought to be illegal in some or all circumstances. No one should be forced to subsidize abortion or abortion providers with their tax dollars.