by Max Brantley
Stephens Media runs down some of the differing opinions today.
An Arkie will work cheaper. Don't we always? Whoever is hired, it's unlikely he or she will knock down the $326,000 made by Ernie Passailaigue. I think it is fair to look at his pay as something akin to a startup bonus, albeit a guaranteed bonus.
I'd like to hear some sharp assessments from candidates on how they'd 1) lower costs and 2) increase revenue, both necessary to increase scholarship dollars. I'd like to hear some tell the truth: nationwide, lotteries don't have great growth curves and people who look to them as permanent elastic support for vital public aims (see: California and public education) are certain to be disappointed. Lottery money is a supplement — however welcome it may be — but only that.
The lottery commission's personnel committee will meet Monday morning to work on a job description and posting requirements for the opening.