The opaque lottery | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The opaque lottery

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 6:05 AM

Hidden gambling options aren't the only little secrets kept from the public about the new state lottery.

Who knew, for example, that the law allowed the lottery commission chairman, Ray Thornton, to unilaterally order up expensive perks for lottery director Ernie Passailaigue

The Democrat-Gazette reported today that Thornton had authorized a one-year housing allowance for Ernie P. costing almost $1,000 a month. The state Finance and Administration Department duly cut the first check. Ernie has since decided to forego the allowance. But he had asked about temporary housing assistance during the hiring process so that a housing search wouldn't deter him from getting right to  work.

Thornton was all too happy to help. But Thornton's former employee, Julie Baldridge, who was Passailaigue's first lottery hire, got quickly to work finding Ernie a Riverdale crash pad so all is well on the home front. And he's kindly agreed to pay his own rent.

You wonder. If Ernie needed a new wardrobe, but didn't have time to shop, what with his lottery duties and all, would the state have cut him a check for new duds made to order from old measurements by his South Carolina haberdasher so as to save him shopping time? Silly comparison, I know. But the central question is whether there is another agency of state government where expense payments of this size can be ordered up by a commission chairman and the check will be cut, no questions asked, by DFA?

What else don't we know about the transparent lottery?

 

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (17)

Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Womack gets questions. He doesn't answer

    The resistance mustered a turnout for a rare public appearance by U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, which meant a ferry ride from Peel, Ark., and a drive almost to Missouri. He didn't seem happy to see them.
    • Aug 22, 2017
  • Democratic Party calls for resignation of Jake Files

    The Arkansas Democratic Party says Republican Sen. Jake Files of Fort Smith should resign over news about handling of state General Improvement Fund money that wound up with him, not the project for which it was intended.
    • Aug 22, 2017
  • Rutledge touts effort to allow discrimination against gay people

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is braying about her intervention in yet another out-of-state lawsuit — this one to protect a Washington state florist who doesn't want to sell flowers to gay people for use at their wedding.
    • Aug 22, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Al Gore remembers Dale Bumpers

    Former Vice President Al Gore, a former U.S. Senate colleague of Dale Bumpers, sent a statement on Bumpers' death Friday:
    • Jan 3, 2016
  • Two plead in fraud of sheriff's office

    A former employee of the Pulaski County sheriff and a North Little Rock woman who sold goods to the sheriff's office have pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a scheme to steal from the sheriff's office, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Tuesday's open line

    • Sorry--I posted the wrong list above. The current list is for the class of 2021…

    • on August 23, 2017
  • Re: Tuesday's open line

    • To distract from the Trump craziness, here is the annual Beloit College Mindset List. It…

    • on August 23, 2017
  • Re: Womack gets questions. He doesn't answer

    • Big thanks to the Indivisible members who took the time to make that out-of-the-way trip…

    • on August 22, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation