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Lottery panel approves pay raises

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published June 26, 2013 at 7:27 a.m. Updated June 26, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Lottery Commission has voted to give pay raises to its director and other employees.

The panel Wednesday voted to give a 2 percent cost-of-living pay raise to its 82 employees and also give merit pay raises to those eligible based on their evaluations. Director Bishop Woosley will receive a one-time payment of $4,248 this year as a 3 percent merit pay raise and will receive $2,832 next year as his cost-of-living adjustment

The payments to Woosley are based on his maximum salary under state law, which is $141,603. Woosley is paid $165,000 a year under a provision that allows him to receive more if approved by a legislative committee.

Woosley, the former chief legal counsel for the games, was hired as the lottery's director last year.

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dildel says... June 26, 2013 at 8:56 a.m.

I fail to see how they can justify pay raises and to vote on them themselves is as a joke as is our elected doing the same. If unhappy with the pay ,resign and go find another parasitic job elsewhere if they can. Perhaps the lottery should be considered a failed experiment and done away with.

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jkc78 says... June 26, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.

Hey Dildel re-read the article, the commissioners are not approving raises for themselves, but for the employees that report to them.

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dimebag says... June 26, 2013 at 3:37 p.m.

irregardless of who is getting the raises jkc, the fact that they are giving raises in a time that they continue to report sales being down, and total amounts available for scholarships also being down, is wrong. when you are going backwards in revenue, you don't promote and reward. only in government does that happen.

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