Democrats’ Minimum Wage Credibility Problem

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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

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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...]

Mark Pryor: Saving Kids from Old Books

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When you think of unsafe children’s products, you probably don’t think of books. Outside of our one-year-old smacking me in the head with one of his board books, I have a difficult time imagining a less threatening product than a children’s book. Why, then, did Senator Mark Pryor’s child safety legislation label children’s books as such a threat? To be fair to Senator Pryor, I don’t think that children’s books were the target when he shepherded the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act … [Read more...]

Making Arkansas a Rich State

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What can Arkansas lawmakers do to grow the state’s economy in the years to come? That’s the question a new study, Rich States, Poor States, seeks to answer. Compiled by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Jonathan Williams, this study identifies pro-growth tax and regulatory policies that states can implement. It also discusses what states are doing to attract new businesses and create jobs for their workers. In state rankings released in conjunction with this study, Arkansas came in at … [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...]

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...]