Pastors Day at the Capitol Coming in April

DSC_4853Pastors Day at the State Capitol
April 27, 2016
Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda
8:30 a.m.-Noon

An exciting, free, nonpartisan event for pastors, their spouses, and all other church leaders!

Light breakfast, and lunch provided!

Imagine the echo of Amazing Grace—the prayers of godly men and women—the Gospel openly proclaimed in Arkansas’ most prominent place—the State Capitol Building!

You can be salt and light by joining hundreds of pastors from all over Arkansas in the State Capitol Rotunda from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 27th for PASTORS DAY AT THE CAPITOL. This nonpartisan event will focus on worshiping God, praying for our leaders, ministering to those in authority, fostering better relationships between you and your legislators, practicing responsible citizenship, and learning how your congregation can do the same. Be encouraged, empowered, inspired, and informed.

  • Be a witness for Jesus Christ through prayer, praise, and worship in the Capitol Rotunda.
  • Fellowship with like-minded pastors from all over Arkansas.
  • See lawmakers debate bills and pass laws, and learn how the legislative process really works.
  • Tour the State Capitol Building.
  • Learn how you and your church can fulfill the biblical mandate to pray for those in authority.
  • Get to know some of Arkansas’ leading policy makers.
  • Meet Governor Asa Hutchinson, your state legislators, and other high-ranking state officials.

Agenda

 8:30 Meet and greet fellowship over a light breakfast with special guest Governor Asa Hutchinson.

9:00 Join with hundreds of pastors and elected officials for a prayer and praise service right in the rotunda of the State Capitol. What better place for a worship service!

 9:45 Assemble on the front steps of the Capitol for a huge group photo of all the pastors and church leaders along with our elected officials.

 10:00 Choose a breakout session. Visit a legislative committee hearing, tour the capitol, learn how a bill becomes law, go on a prayer walk around the Capitol, or go with experienced leaders to stop by various state offices to pray for whomever God directs. If you’re more “free-spirited,” you can launch out on your own and let God guide you in being a witness in the most important place in Arkansas—the State Capitol.

 11:30 Lunch will be provided. This will be a great opportunity for you to visit with your state representative and state senator in the Capitol Rotunda. Tours and a few activities may last until 2 p.m., but feel free to leave after lunch if you need to get back to your church for Wednesday services or other obligations.

Our State Capitol needs a godly influence.  Pastors, their spouses, and other church leaders can bring this life-giving influence!  You can be a part of this historic event.  Please join God’s people at the Arkansas State Capitol on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. To register for this FREE event, click here or call 501-375-7000. 

We will register you and your group if you email us the name, address, and phone number of every member of your group. Contact:  Charisse@FamilyCouncil.org   Pastors, spouses, and other church leaders are welcome!

UPDATED: In 78 Months AR Lottery Makes $2.9 Billion, Pays Less Than 20% to Students

Recently we wrote how the Arkansas Lottery allocated a paltry 11% of its gross revenue for college scholarships last month. While that is one of the worst months in the Lottery’s history, looking at the past six and a half years, the Arkansas Lottery has failed time and again to put students first on its list of priorities.

We compiled numbers going all the way back to the Lottery’s start date using financial reports published on the Arkansas Lottery’s website. Since September 2009, the Arkansas Lottery has made approximately $2,881,137,177.93, but only $572,575,775.55 went to college scholarships.

In other words, since the Lottery’s inception, only 19.9% of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s gross revenue has actually gone to college scholarships. The rest has gone to vendor contracts, overhead and operating expenses, prizes, and so on.

Below is a breakdown of the numbers.

Month Gross Lottery Revenue Paid to Scholarships % Gross Revenue
September 2009 – December 2009 $140,663,596.38 $29,257,495.48 20.8%
January, 2010 40,732,059.10 8,213,311.32 20.2%
February 46,006,517.45 9,713,297.81 21.1%
March 43,305,930.90 9,677,617.03 22.3%
April 38,182,470.50 8,270,655.49 21.7%
May 39,933,085.50 11,129,450.15 27.9%
June 35,728,633.85 6,289,957.24 17.6%
July 35,031,491.82 7,520,120.34 21.5%
August 35,320,546.96 7,338,723.82 20.8%
September 34,254,979.66 6,549,850.89 19.1%
October 36,656,481.26 9,719,358.08 26.5%
November 35,438,274.50 8,256,268.77 23.3%
December 40,240,809.78 6,696,764.84 16.6%
January, 2011 39,271,538.50 9,033,775.08 23.0%
February 41,429,186.01 8,229,741.60 19.9%
March 46,497,918.23 10,289,409.67 22.1%
April 38,206,042.00 8,397,457.57 22.0%
May 43,330,165.29 8,521,784.66 19.7%
June 39,402,904.75 3,690,562.00 9.4%
July 36,012,930.08 7,152,902.98 19.9%
August 38,111,003.00 7,543,553.59 19.8%
September 39,003,945.00 6,973,179.71 17.9%
October 37,702,362.62 8,133,705.83 21.6%
November 36,549,852.82 7,994,126.51 21.9%
December 39,660,751.64 7,888,279.14 19.9%
January, 2012 35,166,516.65 5,522,746.82 15.7%
February 49,160,394.76 9,729,593.58 19.8%
March 51,432,631.61 12,827,373.05 24.9%
April 39,433,610.80 7,066,187.76 17.9%
May 36,887,158.00 7,571,654.04 20.5%
June 34,504,440.30 9,179,224.65 26.6%
July 33,799,768.89 4,752,501.51 14.1%
August 35,021,798.75 7,193,285.93 20.5%
September 29,774,378.22 6,584,956.76 22.1%
October 33,905,873.06 6,632,866.03 19.6%
November 39,432,474.86 8,443,935.59 21.4%
December 34,257,289.75 6,914,260.68 20.2%
January, 2013 32,503,601.13 6,538,953.09 20.1%
February 41,886,865.34 6,447,118.77 15.4%
March 47,059,333.27 9,775,272.83 20.8%
April 31,319,563.49 8,143,467.33 26.0%
May 42,281,984.15 9,894,347.85 23.4%
June 32,002,883.35 8,591,482.76 26.8%
July 33,078,775.30 4,891,371.69 14.8%
August 34,471,323.18 6,401,829.10 18.6%
September 31,857,565.72 6,023,766.10 18.9%
October 33,271,398.30 6,773,936.78 20.4%
November 31,243,008.93 6,768,352.72 21.7%
December 35,496,013.02 5,831,218.66 16.4%
January, 2014 31,078,390.22 5,616,281.40 18.1%
February 38,985,852.63 5,909,955.50 15.2%
March 41,258,315.52 7,324,233.06 17.8%
April 36,626,908.39 7,476,150.84 20.4%
May 33,323,318.34 6,513,245.39 19.5%
June 29,947,098.30 11,927,613.98 39.8%
July 30,925,067.43 5,928,447.99 19.2%
August 31,571,412.10 5,296,965.80 16.8%
September 30,710,493.31 4,317,227.10 14.1%
October 32,959,739.29 5,939,625.59 18.0%
November 30,617,278.28 5,577,035.16 18.2%
December 34,507,731.54 5,474,318.77 15.9%
January, 2015 35,433,619.67 7,287,773.28 20.6%
February 41,770,314.46 6,161,343.01 14.8%
March 37,367,453.25 6,898,524.35 18.5%
April 33,866,970.54 5,881,005.95 17.4%
May 35,689,036.10 5,409,050.48 15.2%
June 33,815,559.59 8,278,928.14 24.5%
July 31,665,651.14 5,784,683.09 18.3%
August 31,265,177.55 5,490,094.00 17.6%
September 36,134,389.63 6,624,967.11 18.3%
October 35,261,533.80 6,020,642.32 17.1%
November 32,226,599.28 5,725,139.09 17.8%
December 38,670,746.09 6,425,754.66 16.6%
January, 2016 58,746,249.00 13,831,359.75 23.5%
February 40,790,144.05 4,474,356.06 11.0%
Total $2,881,137,177.93 $572,575,775.55 19.9%

A Few Quick Facts on the Lottery

  • Since September 2009, the Arkansas Lottery has grossed, on average, approximately $36.9 million every month, but has paid out only about $7.3 million in scholarship funding each month.
  • The Arkansas Lottery has earned, on average, about $14 every second since September 2009.
  • During the month of February alone, the Arkansas Lottery grossed nearly $40.8 million; that’s more than $16 every second, on average.
  • The Arkansas Lottery has yet to live up to its promise of paying $100 million per year to scholarships.

Updated: This post has been updated since it was first published to include an additional six months worth of financial data from the Arkansas Lottery.

Arkansas Lottery Gives Paltry 11% of Revenue to Scholarships in February

Yesterday the Arkansas Lottery posted its financial figures for the month of February.

The Arkansas Lottery took in nearly $40.8 million in February, but paid out a paltry $4.5 million for scholarships–about 11% of its gross revenue for the month.

This is the same, old story we have seen month after month at the Arkansas Lottery: No matter what lottery ticket sales do, scholarship funding takes a backseat.

Even in January, when PowerBall sales went through the roof, college scholarships did not see even 24 cents of every dollar the Arkansas Lottery made.

Below is a breakdown of lottery figures since the start of Fiscal Year 2016 last July:

Month Gross Lottery Revenue Paid to Scholarships % Gross Revenue
July $ 31,665,651.14 $ 5,784,683.09 18.3%
August 31,265,177.55 5,490,094.00 17.6%
September 36,134,389.63 6,624,967.11 18.3%
October 35,261,533.80 6,020,642.32 17.1%
November 32,226,599.28 5,725,139.09 17.8%
December 38,670,746.09 6,425,754.66 16.6%
January, 2016 58,746,249.00 13,831,359.75 23.5%
February 40,790,144.05 4,474,356.06 11.0%
Total $ 304,760,490.54 $ 54,376,996.08 17.8%

As you can see, the Arkansas Lottery has allocated less than 18% of its total revenue for scholarships this fiscal year. Based on these numbers, the Arkansas Lottery is on track to pay out somewhere around $80 – $85 million for scholarships in Fiscal Year 2016.

Below is a breakdown of Arkansas Lottery figures since July of 2014:

Month Gross Lottery Revenue Paid to Scholarships % Gross Revenue
July, 2014 $ 30,925,067.43 $ 5,928,447.99 19.2%
August 31,571,412.10 5,296,965.80 16.8%
September 30,710,493.31 4,317,227.10 14.1%
October 32,959,739.29 5,939,625.59 18.0%
November 30,617,278.28 5,577,035.16 18.2%
December 34,507,731.54 5,474,318.77 15.9%
January, 2015 35,433,619.67 7,287,773.28 20.6%
February 41,770,314.46 6,161,343.01 14.8%
March 37,367,453.25 6,898,524.35 18.5%
April 33,866,970.54 5,881,005.95 17.4%
May 35,689,036.10 5,409,050.48 15.2%
June 33,815,559.59 8,278,928.14 24.5%
July 31,665,651.14 5,784,683.09 18.3%
August 31,265,177.55 5,490,094.00 17.6%
September 36,134,389.63 6,624,967.11 18.3%
October 35,261,533.80 6,020,642.32 17.1%
November 32,226,599.28 5,725,139.09 17.8%
December 38,670,746.09 6,425,754.66 16.6%
January, 2016 58,746,249.00 13,831,359.75 23.5%
February 40,790,144.05 4,474,356.06 11.0%
Total $ 713,995,166.10 $ 126,827,241.70 17.8%