New Federal Rule Could Cost Planned Parenthood $60 Million

This week the Trump Administration announced it will soon enforce a new federal rule that could cost Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, an estimated $60 million in taxpayer funding.

The administration’s new Protect Life Rule changes federal policies for organizations that receive public funding for family planning services under Title X .

For more than 20 years, abortionist like Planned Parenthood have been able to receive this federal funding, provided that they did not use the money to perform abortions.

However, we have long argued that giving groups like Planned Parenthood any federal funding at all helps subsidize their abortion business.

The Trump Administration’s new rules roll back nearly three decades of bad policy when it comes to publicly funding abortion.

The new rules will require “clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” and they will eliminate policies the Clinton Administration instituted in the 1990s that required groups that receive Title X funds to provide abortion referrals.

Requiring groups to keep abortion and family planning services physically and financially separate is going to make it very difficult, if not impossible, for Planned Parenthood and similar organizations to receive taxpayer funding.

As Family Research Council and others have noted, the Protect Life Rule is similar to good, pro-life policies President Ronald Reagan’s administration implemented in the 1980s to help keep abortionists off the public dole. Those good policies were upended by the Clinton Administration, and no president since has bothered to put the policies back the way they were 30 years ago.

Read more about these rules from Family Research Council.

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Arkansas Lottery Gives Paltry Sum to Students in FY 2019

Last week the Arkansas Lottery released its financial reports for the month of June, capping off the Lottery’s Fiscal Year 2019.

The reports show the Arkansas Lottery took in more than $38.4 million in June.

Only about 17% of that money went to pay for college scholarships. The rest was spent on the lottery itself.

At the end of each fiscal year, the Lottery gives most of the unclaimed prize money in its possession to the state’s Academic Challenge Scholarship fund. This year the lottery took about $6.8 million from its unclaimed prizes account to pay for additional college scholarships.

All told, between the unclaimed prize money and the money the Lottery normally budgets for scholarships, students received a little less than $13.5 million from the Lottery last month.

For Fiscal Year 2019, the Arkansas Lottery took in more than half a billion dollars — a record-breaking year. However, college students received only a very small fraction of that money — less than one-fifth or about 19% of all the money the Arkansas Lottery made

The fact that college students received so little money despite the Lottery setting records in revenue and ticket sales speaks volumes about where the Arkansas Lottery’s priorities really lie.

Below is a breakdown of lottery revenue and scholarship funding in Fiscal Year 2019.

Month Gross Lottery Revenue Paid to Scholarships % Gross Revenue
July $42,413,352.70 $5,066,628.73 11.9%
August 40,343,279.62 6,175,998.40 15.3%
September 35,198,809.72 7,783,450.82 22.1%
October 57,575,285.62 11,259,040.31 19.6%
November 37,700,016.00 6,821,411.01 18.1%
December 45,859,642.73 6,650,791.54 14.5%
January, 2019 40,574,813.28 7,848,495.62 19.3%
February 41,060,111.75 8,198,257.31 20.0%
March 51,988,380.67 8,552,307.04 16.5%
April 43,951,257.94 8,176,383.34 18.6%
May 41,158,346.08 8,396,193.42 20.4%
June 38,413,526.87 13,482,789.59 35.1%
Total $516,236,822.98 $98,411,747.13 19.1%