Another Round of Obamacare Rate Hikes Coming

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It’s almost time for another round of Obamacare health insurance rate hikes in Arkansas. From the Washington Examiner: In Arkansas, where the average increase was 11.2 percent, some consumers could see their premiums soar by 50 percent. Defenders of Obamacare argue that rates typically went up annually before the law went into effect. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it was Obama himself who repeatedly promised that premiums would go down by an average of $2,500 per family. … [Read more...]

Sen. Pryor Stops Kids from Eating All-Terrain Vehicles

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Can all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) be dangerous to children? Of course. When I was 12, my cousin and I were riding on my grandfather’s 4-wheel ATV. Our behavior was about as mature as that of a typical 12-year-old, which is to say that we were driving the ATV backwards at a high rate of speed. My cousin turned the ATV sharply, causing it to flip over and roll on top of us. Let’s just say that I have some idea of how unsafe an ATV can be. Our foolish actions on the ATV that day (and many other … [Read more...]

Senator Pryor Kills A Kidd’s Dream

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On February 10, 2009, new federal regulations governing lead exposure in children’s products were scheduled to go into effect. One day before that, A Kidd’s Dream -- a consignment store in Conway -- closed its doors because it couldn’t meet those regulations. Senator Mark Pryor was the lead Senate sponsor of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). His law killed the small business dreams of Brenda Kidd and Gayla Wade, the owners of A Kidd’s Dream, and hurt many other business … [Read more...]

The Latest “Private Option” Broken Promise: Counterfeit Medical Savings Accounts

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Less than a week after Nic Horton left the Arkansas Project, he’s back on our site! Well, sort of. Horton is now affiliated with the Foundation for Government Accountability, and he coauthored their newest article at Forbes.com: “Arkansas Private Option’s Latest Boondoggle: Health Independence Accounts" Increase Dependence and Increase Costs.”  As the article recounts, the “Private Option’s” health savings accounts, which were supposed to be the “heart and soul” of Medicaid reform, are an … [Read more...]

Arkansas’s Timid Response to the EPA

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Last week, our neighbors in Texas considered how to respond to the EPA’s onerous regulations introduced earlier this summer. From a Texas Tribune report: Texas’s top environmental regulator suggested Thursday that the state may ignore a proposed directive from the Obama administration in June toreduce carbon emissions from power plants. “I’m concerned that if this is not contested, if we don’t dispute this, if we don’t win, the implications … are only the camel’s nose under the tent,” … [Read more...]

CPSIA in 2008: Senator Pryor Capitalizes on a Media Frenzy

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“Won't somebody please think of the children?!” This line from The Simpsons could have been the catchphrase of Senator Mark Pryor’s 2008 Senate career. That was the year of a media frenzy over unsafe children’s products, something that resulted in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The American people are now saddled with a law that has caused significant hardship for business owners around the nation. As Chairman of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Senator Pryor … [Read more...]

Does Senator Pryor Care More About My Children Than I Do?

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Senator Mark Pryor probably thinks I’m a bad parent. I just spent ten days exposing my children to products that he considers unsafe. In fact, he championed a law making it virtually illegal to sell the very things I let my kids play with. How could I be so irresponsible? Don’t I care about my children’s safety? Of course I want to protect my kids from harm. I would never intentionally expose them to a dangerous product. But it appears that Senator Pryor and I have quite different views on … [Read more...]

AEDC’s Latest Less-Than-Superior Performance

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Superior Industries is closing one of its plants in northwest Arkansas. According to news reports, this will result in the loss of 500 jobs, sucking even more air out of Governor Beebe’s “jobs record.” It’s a heartbreaking story for the community, but an even more gut-wrenching tale for taxpayers -- and it’s simply the latest in a long string of failures by the state to prop up private industry. Last week, the company announced it would shut down their Rogers plant and move production to a … [Read more...]