Senator Pryor Helps Out Big Toy

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Big businesses – or at least big toy makers – don’t have a better friend in the Senate than Mark Pryor. That may seem strange. After all, didn’t the federal law he sponsored, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), place strict new regulations on toy makers? Indeed it did. But big toymakers had no problem complying with the Byzantine rules spawned by CPSIA. It’s the small toy companies, especially makers of handmade toys, who were and are hurt by this legislation. At his … [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...]

Report: Arkansas Terrible On Transparency

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Arkansans who care about transparency in government received some bad news today. According to an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) study on tax cronyism released today, Arkansas is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to reporting exactly what special breaks the state’s tax code gives to favored industries. William Freeland, an ALEC research analyst who worked on the report, told The Arkansas Project in a phone interview: The biggest thing here on Arkansas is in … [Read more...]

Ben Burris Bites Back

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Our readers will probably remember Arkansas orthodontist Benjamin Burris. He’s been the subject of various news reports over the last year due to his ongoing battle with the state Board of Dental Examiners. It turns out my colleague Dan Greenberg was right when he predicted last Fall that the dental board hadn’t heard the last of him. Here’s the back story: the state board conducted a thorough inquisition of Burris’s practice last year because he had been offering low-price dental cleanings … [Read more...]

MLK Anniversary, Sanctuary Security, & Conway Code Kerfuffle (Podcast)

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This week on the podcast: Dan talks about his participation on a March on Washington 50th Anniversary panel. Also, hear from Bryant Pastor Perry Black who is taking extra -- and constitutional -- precautions to keep his flock safe. And finally, an official with the city of Conway has responded to my story about how their excessive regulations are hindering charity work. We hope you enjoy the show this week! Here are some news stories we reference, for your viewing pleasure: Bryant pastor … [Read more...]

Overregulation Is Hindering Charity in Conway

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Advocates of big government often justify this desire on a theory that big government will “help the poor.” Unfortunately, government is an ineffective and inefficient vehicle for helping people out of poverty. More importantly, big government’s rules and regulations -- again, aimed at “helping the little man” or “leveling the playing field” -- often lead to more harm than good. A recent story from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette provides an excellent example. Bethlehem House in Conway is a … [Read more...]

Why Did Raw Milk Curdle in House Committee?

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Yesterday, as previously reported, the raw milk bill (HB 1536) was defeated by the House Ag Committee. But before the bill was defeated on a roll call vote, it was ruled passed on a voice vote by Vice Chair Rep. Nate Steel. What happened? Rep. Bob Ballinger, a freshman, conservative legislator from Hindsville, requested a roll call vote and it was seconded. But Rep. Ballinger has already proven himself to be a friend of liberty in the Arkansas House. Why did he request a roll call vote and … [Read more...]

Representative Alexander Makes The Case for Milk Freedom

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I wrote yesterday about Representative Randy Alexander’s bill to legalize the sale of lacteal secretion, more commonly known as raw cow milk. But these are just my opinions, backed up by mounds of evidence -- and as many of you constantly remind me on Twitter, I’m just an obnoxious "cow patty" head. So let’s hear from the bill’s sponsor, shall we? Representative Alexander told me that, for him, there are three key questions here: 1. Is raw milk really dangerous? 2. Should Arkansans be … [Read more...]