Guess Who’s the Big Spender?

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When it comes to supporting reductions in federal spending, Arkansas’s congressional delegation looks pretty good. Almost every member of Congress from the state backs bills that, when lumped together, would reduce taxpayers’ burden. In fact, just about every member of Congress from Arkansas supports legislation that would cut federal spending. All except one, that is. Any guesses who? If you said Senator Mark Pryor, you’re on the money. So to speak. According to data compiled by the … [Read more...]

McDaniel: In the Matter of the Bowen Gym, I Plead Not Guilty

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  We’ve written before about the ill-conceived waste of money that is the Bowen Law School 6th floor gym. Who decided to spend the money that Bowen received on a law school gym? According to e-mails from the Bowen bureaucracy, the workout facility is the brainchild of both the law school and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.  The "small gym," was devised, according to Bowen administrators, only after the AG stated he wanted a "building project," and this workout facility started to … [Read more...]

The Dustin McDaniel Sweat-and-Sour Experience

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Earlier this month, we were pleased to hear that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was helping to fund a new program for UALR’s Bowen Law School. (And not only because we thought a McDaniel endowment might provide fodder for commentary. If McDaniel was going to put his personal stamp on the new program – consistent with his values – imagine the possibilities of what might be funded! Perhaps the Department of Hilariously Wrong Supreme Court Predictions? Or the McDaniel Foundation for Pointless … [Read more...]

Exchange Director Unsure If Arkansas Will Speed Up Implementation of State Exchange

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Last week, I began investigating whether Arkansas was moving towards a state-run Obamacare exchange. My initial interest in this story emerged after several state lawmakers told me they were hearing rumblings that the state’s Obamacare bureaucracy was looking at expediting our move to a state-based exchange. This troubled me because, as I read the existing law, I realized the exchange is not supposed to make the switch until next summer: Act 1500, the authorizing statute for the exchange, … [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...]

After Halbig, Arkansas Moving Towards A State-Based Exchange

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Last week, the D.C. circuit court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare subsidies cannot flow into state that are participating in the federally-run exchange. If the ruling holds (it will almost certainly be appealed), this could be a game changer for the federal health care law: currently, only 14 states have state-run exchanges and, according to the ruling, are eligible for premium subsidies. The question is, will the 36 states that are in the federal exchange now move to state exchanges … [Read more...]

Report: Undercover Agents Fraudulently Enroll In Obamacare

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that Obamacare (*gasp*) is highly susceptible to fraud. According to the Associated Press: Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law... The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying … [Read more...]

The InvestArk Tax Credit: A Terrible Investment That Arkansas Made For You

AEDC's job creation predictions have a tendency to not exactly work out.

Nearly half of the 45 projects funded with state incentives from 2005 to 2012 reviewed in a special report released Tuesday had “unfavorable cost-benefit ratios” to the state, according to the Division of Legislative Audit (DLA). Primarily, when people think of state-funded economic development programs, they usually assume those funds go towards “creating jobs,” but this recently-released report shows that just isn’t the case in Arkansas for the Consolidated Incentive Act (CIA) of … [Read more...]