Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A legislative committee is considering ways to plug a projected $23 million shortfall in money available for lottery-funded scholarships.
The Lottery Oversight Committee on Tuesday discussed a proposal to offer freshmen less money than students further along in their education.
State Sen. Johnny Key, a Republican from Mountain Home, said offering tiered scholarships would reward students who retain their scholarships and would create savings.
Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter attended the meeting and complained outside the room that Key's proposal drifts too far from the lottery proposal that voters approved. Halter was the main backer of the lottery vote. He says Key's plan would make it harder for many students to attend college.
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