Arkansas Lottery Amtraked

If you have not been following my commentary on the newly established Arkansas Lottery, my headline refers to the legislative tendency to micro-manage and over-oversee. Here is the latest from the Stephens Media Group.

Members of a legislative panel that oversees Arkansas’ lottery Tuesday questioned whether the startup process is moving too quickly. At a hearing to review a proposed contract with Athens, Greece-based Intralot to run drawing games for the lottery, members of the Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee asked as many questions about the lottery’s startup date as they did about the contract.

If you are experiencing a bit of whiplash, it’s because the process was supposed to be moving right along at all reasonable speed. Now, feeling a little skittish, legislators are trying to have it both ways by seeming to be aggressively in charge. Since they have had no success in reining in the prison director, I guess it is understandable to work on the lottery instead.

I don’t necessarily approve of the lottery, but the people apparently do. We have had an election and it seems about time to run it like a business. That means getting off a dime and actually starting the business. Believe me, not one of these lawmakers have a clue.

About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

One Response to Arkansas Lottery Amtraked

  1. I think that if the powers to be had done their research, they would have seen Ernie blows a lot of smoke, about how we need to get this done and how it will make all this money, While he is a salesman and that is what he is supoosed to do, it got off to a rocky start in South Carolina. I am more concerned with his attempt to tax pot and erratic behavior when he was a state senator. I am not sure Arkansas really understands what we are in for when we hired this guy and his friends.

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