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Asa Hutchinson: Shift lottery authority to new state agency

One question centered on the future of Arkansas's scholarship lottery. The legislature acted this month to temporarily prohibit an expansion into monitor-based games. The keno-style games with drawings on screens every 4 to 6 minutes could be located in retail outlets, restaurants, service stations, and bars.

Ross said he was against the lottery when it began but now wants to work to make it better. Hutchinson said the lottery's authority should shift from its commission to a new state agency. "More influence on the director by the governor as an executive branch agency I think would help them to look at problems down the road. We've got some significant challenges from reduced revenue for the lottery," said Hutchinson.

Both Ross and Hutchinson have previously said they do not support putting state general revenue into the scholarships. While Hutchinson & Ross expressed distaste for the lottery they still talked about utilizing its funds for scholarships and continuing its existence.

Source: UALR Public Radio on 2014 Arkansas Gubernatorial debate Jul 11, 2014

Frank Gilbert: Do away with the lottery; not the right way to fund schools

One question centered on the future of Arkansas's scholarship lottery. The legislature temporarily prohibited an expansion into monitor-based games. The keno-style games with drawings on screens every four to six minutes could be located in retail outlets, restaurants, service stations, and bars.

Democrat Mike Ross said he was against the lottery when it began but now wants to work to make it better. Republican Asa Hutchinson said the lottery's authority should shift from its commission to a new state agency.

While Hutchinson & Ross expressed distaste for the lottery they still talked about utilizing its funds for scholarships and continuing its existence. But Libertarian Frank Gilbert said using a lottery to fund scholarships is not an answer to rising higher education costs. "If it were allowed, if it were possible, if I could I'd do away with the lottery right now. I believe the people of Arkansas could do that. We're the ones that voted it in, let's do away with it," said Gilbert.

Source: UALR Public Radio on 2014 Arkansas Gubernatorial debate Jul 11, 2014

Mike Ross: Opposed lottery initially; but now let's make it better

One question centered on the future of Arkansas's scholarship lottery. The legislature acted this month to temporarily prohibit an expansion into monitor-based games. The keno-style games with drawings on screens every four to six minutes could be located in retail outlets, restaurants, service stations, and bars.

Mike Ross said he was against the lottery when it began but now wants to work to make it better. "It is providing greater opportunities and making college within reach for more young people in this state and I'm committed to making sure that as many as those dollars as possible continue to fund educational opportunities," said Ross. Ross said he does not believe voters intended for the monitor-based games the Lottery Commission had sought to roll out this fall.

Asa Hutchinson said the lottery's authority should shift from its commission to a new state agency. Both Ross and Hutchinson have previously said they do not support putting state general revenue into the scholarships

Source: UALR Public Radio on 2014 Arkansas Gubernatorial debate Jul 11, 2014

Sam Brownback: Plan future 3 millionth Kansan: education, farming, & water

The 2.9 million souls that call Kansas home cherish a way of life that honors family, values education and embraces positive change. In fact, by the end of this decade, for the first time in our history, Kansas' population will surpass three million people. When that three millionth Kansan is born, what kind of state will we have built for her?

Kansans are decent. Kansans are honest. If you ask them what kind of state they want to build for our three millionth Kansan, they'll tell you:

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Kansas legislature Jan 15, 2014

Sam Brownback: ROZes: Rural Opportunity Zones with income tax waiver

Growing the Kansas economy is my first priority. We must take bold steps today to create economic growth tomorrow. In saying this, however, let me be clear; we cannot government-program or borrow our way into a stronger state economy. We cannot hope for the best and paper over the worst.

Rural Opportunity Zones, or ROZes, will provide a state income tax waiver for any individual relocating from out-of-state into any participating county that has experienced double digit percentage population decline.

Source: 2011 Kansas State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

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