PO “Raises Cost Concerns” For Feds

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One of the phrases you’ll often hear from pro-private option legislators is that the private option “isn’t Medicaid expansion.” Well, it turns out a recent report from the Government Accountability Office agrees with them, but only because the private option will likely cost taxpayers far more than traditional Medicaid expansion. From the report: HHS’s approval of $778 million dollars of hypothetical costs in the Arkansas demonstration spending limit and the department’s waiver of its … [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...]

Blue Bell Not Sweet on Pat Hays Ad

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In recent months, The Arkansas Project has become widely known for dispensing free campaign advice to those in need. For instance, in early July we made a brilliant, if unheeded, suggestion to Mark Pryor’s campaign: namely, maybe you shouldn’t be duping victims of natural disasters into appearing in a campaign ad. Unfortunately, it looks like Democratic congressional candidate Pat Hays didn’t learn the right lesson from that episode. Hays’s newest ad, out this week, features him … [Read more...]

Fayetteville Gets In On Uber-Bashing Too

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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...]

Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day! – a day that always reminds me of Maya Angelou’s maxim, “Nothing will work unless you do.” A few weeks ago, the right to work took a big step forward in Arkansas. You might remember that, earlier this summer, an Arkansas businesswoman – hair braider Nivea Earl – sued the state of Arkansas over its excessive licensing requirements. The state’s response: Arkansas just folded, allowing hair braiders to do their work, free of the heavy hand of government, at least for a few … [Read more...]

Pryor Ebola Ad: “Mostly False”

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You’ve probably seen Mark Pryor’s new ad accusing Tom Cotton of being pro-ebola. However, the response to this ad has been about as favorable as the response to this ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Even MSNBC called the ad “terrible,” saying that it looked like something from “Saturday Night Live.” Now, Politifact has weighed in, calling the ad “mostly false.” From Politifact: Did Cotton try to stop this legislation? At first, it seems that way. The House passed the legislation Jan. 22, … [Read more...]