The Arkansas Lottery Commission today took action to reign in staff salary spending, passing a motion requiring its personnel committee to approve of the hiring of any staff position that pays more than $80,000 per year.
ArkansasBusiness.com Assistant Internet Editor Mark Carter was live-tweeting for Capsearch from the meeting, and his reporting is available here. Also: More from Carter’s interview Wednesday night with lottery leader Ernie Passailaigue.
For better or worse, the big salaries for lottery staff members have quickly taken center stage in the still-developing lottery, along with a debate about how the lottery might influence tuition costs. One wonders whether these points of contention might have been worth more discussion during the legislative session, when lawmakers were putting the lottery together.
(Thursday Update: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has more on the latter point here, talking to key lawmakers who put the lottery together on why those two hot-button issues weren’t addressed in session.)
Meanwhile, the lottery commission prepares to put out millions of dollars worth of contracts with businesses for various lottery services. Among them, advertising. The commission said those RFPs are due by 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5.
The RFP calls for a five-year contract, renewable a year at a time for up to three years. It covers advertising and marketing services, including TV and radio production, public awareness campaigns, Web promotions and research services. But the winner of the contract will be authorized to subcontract services.
The contract winner will be working with the lottery’s four-person full-time in-house advertising staff, including an advertising manager, two graphic artists and a production manager.
Another Thursday Update: A video of Passailaigue taking to Carter about lottery salaries.
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