Since the Arkansas Lottery has ties to our state government–and the lottery commission’s website doesn’t have the contact information of its members listed–a member of my staff has obtained a document of this information.
Ernie Passailaigue, Arkansas’ new $324,000-a-year lottery director, will earn more than any of our state college presidents or chancellors, except the chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In fact, Passailaigue’s two $225,000-a-year lottery vice-presidents will get paid more than most of our state college presidents or chancellors.
To further put things into perspective, the median income for a family of 4 in Arkansas is $52,217 per year. In other words, we’re going to pay our lottery director more than our college presidents and six times more than most Arkansas families earn every year.
The voters of Arkansas need to know that every member of the Arkansas Legislature voted for the lottery law that allows lottery employees to receive such high salaries. The Arkansas House of Representatives stood and applauded after they passed the bill.