A Matter of Priorities

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.