Gov. Mike Beebe (D) told reporters on Wednesday that he has "confidence issues" with Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue after a recent controversy revealed that the lottery owed nearly $100,000 in taxes to the IRS.
The lottery failed to withhold an appropriate amount of taxes from winnings for recipients leading to the IRS snafu.
Rob Moritz with our content partner, the Arkansas News Bureau, reports:
But the governor said he is not ready to suggest a change in leadership of the program that has funded nearly $200 million in college scholarships since its inception two years ago.
“I’m still going to rely on input from some of the people on the commission that I have respect and a relationship with before I publicly come down one side or the other on that,” Beebe said, responding to a reporter’s question about whether Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue should be fired after his latest misstep.
“There are certainly some confidence issues right now … with regard to some of the things that have gone on,” Beebe said.
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