Misusers of Taxpayer Dollars Get Light Punishment

Tax Misusers

A new report by the Division of Legislative Audit was released today which shows a troubling trend of many elected officials and government employees misusing taxpayer dollars and receiving no greater punishment than a “warning letter” from prosecutors. From the report: Criminal charges were filed in 33 of 246 matters referred to the Prosecuting Attorney. Fourteen cases are pending in court, one case was acquitted or dismissed, and the remaining 18 cases...a conviction was obtained and … [Read more...]

Who Will Regulate the Regulators?

Phony Cops in Arkansas

We often write about Arkansas’s out-of-control desire to license and regulate more and more businesses. Just last week, we wrote about the ingenious folks at the state Board of Health, who have been trying to force hair braiders to take a thousand hours of useless classes before they’re permitted to braid the hair of a single customer. (Last week, the Board of Health -- in the face of a lawsuit by hair braiders -- folded.) However, we want to make one thing clear: we’re very much in favor of … [Read more...]

Fayetteville Gets In On Uber-Bashing Too

arkansas news

It looks like Fayetteville is trying to join Little Rock on the anti-freedom bandwagon of ride-sharing prohibition. From Arkansas Online: City officials aren't rolling out the welcome mat for Uber, a ride-sharing company that uses smartphones to connect drivers with people seeking rides as an alternative to traditional taxis. It announced Wednesday that it's operating in Fayetteville. City Attorney Kit Williams said Uber, or any similar business such as Lyft, will be in violation of a … [Read more...]

The Minimum Wage Hike: Hurting Those Who Need Help

Minimum Wage Hike (November)

We’ve written here recently about the bad effects a minimum wage hike would have for Arkansas. Given the news today that the minimum-wage increase ballot initiative will be on the ballot in November, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of our previous arguments against raising the minimum wage. Perhaps the most detrimental effect of an increased minimum wage is that it excludes low-skilled workers, especially minority workers, from the workplace. Economist Thomas Sowell has … [Read more...]

REPORT: Arkansas A ‘Sinkhole’ State

State Debt 2200 Per Person

If your wallet feels a little lighter lately, that’s because the state of Arkansas has you on the hook for approximately $2,200. According to the 2013 Financial State of the States Report released recently by Truth In Accounting, Arkansas state government owes approximately $9.2 billion, which is more than its $7.5 billion in assets. Arkansas is one of many “sinkhole states” which owe more money than they currently have in assets, according to the report. From the report: The state of … [Read more...]

Democrats’ Minimum Wage Credibility Problem

minimum wage

We’ve written recently about the rising teenage unemployment rate in Arkansas and how a proposed ballot initiative would exacerbate this problem. As previously reported here, a group called Give Arkansas A Raise Now is currently attempting to get an eventual minimum wage increase up to $8.50 an hour. A plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is also under discussion. In recent months, Mark Pryor and various other Democratic politicians have signed onto the Arkansas plan — … [Read more...]

Another Round of Obamacare Rate Hikes Coming

Obamacare Increasing Again

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...]

Conway Christmas Tree: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Christmas Miracle August

I admit it: every now and then I wonder if I’m too cynical about what government can accomplish. I was having one of those days yesterday before I came across a story in the Log Cabin Democrat about Conway’s overpriced and underwhelming Christmas tree. You might remember that last November our former colleague, Nic Horton, put aside his Thanksgiving leftovers and called the 54-foot Christmas tree bearing a $130,000 taxpayer tab a “ridiculous waste of taxpayer money”; he also criticized the … [Read more...]