Arkansas Governor’s Race: Who Loves Teachers The Most?

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You were probably too busy enjoying Arkansas’s one day of spring over the weekend to notice, but former Congressman Mike Ross “won” the endorsement of the Arkansas Education Association in his bid for governor. This endorsement led to a kerfuffle between Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson. Let me bring you up to speed. As news leaked of Ross’s AEA endorsement, the Hutchinson camp issued a statement saying Ross is “out of touch with Arkansas,” drawing a connection between the AEA and … [Read more...]

It’s Finally Here: It’s National Employee Freedom Week!

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I know -- since we posted a teaser a few weeks ago -- you have all been anxiously awaiting this day that marks the beginning of National Employee Freedom Week! The Arkansas Project and our affiliate organization Advance Arkansas Institute are proud to be participating in this week-long effort to spread the message of employment freedom, in conjunction with the Nevada Policy Research Institute. What is employee freedom? Quite simply, it’s the freedom to work without being required to join a … [Read more...]

Exciting Announcement About An Upcoming Exciting Announcement!

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In a few days, we will publish new polling data regarding Arkansans’ -- and Americans’ -- views on labor unions. The survey rollout will accompany National Employee Freedom Week, a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute. A sneak peek at what to expect: In many states, 30% or more of those in union households would leave their union if they could do so without penalty. That’s all we can share with you today. Check back in a week or so for the rest of the data. In the meantime, you … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Greenberg Testifies Against Prevailing Wage Law

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Dan Greenberg, in his post earlier this morning, wrote about his experience before the House Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee yesterday. I went and grabbed some video off of the House website of Mr. Greenberg's exchange with state lawmakers. His comments start just a little ways into the clip below -- because, in true governmental fashion, the House website's video editing features are inefficient. Things got a little tense at times. Grab your popcorn: … [Read more...]

Some Will Rob You With A Six-Gun, Some With A Fountain Pen

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Yesterday, I attended a meeting of the House Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee to speak in favor of Representative Dan Douglas’s bill to eliminate Arkansas’s prevailing wage law. Current law makes the price of construction projects artificially high, and burdens taxpayers, government budgeters, and consumers by forcing prices upwards. The theory of a prevailing wage law is that laborers working on public projects shouldn't be paid competitive wages; rather, we should have government … [Read more...]

Checking in on Card Check: No Slam Dunk?

Union-backed card check legislation, much dreaded by the business community and a top priority for declining unions in newly-Democratic Washington D.C., may be in for a rockier road than expected, writes the Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel. A key obstacle? Red state Democratic Senators like Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln (up for re-election in 2010), both of whom have zigged and zagged wildly on the issue and really, really, really, wish that it would just go away: In 2007, Mr. Pryor … [Read more...]

Stuff from Around Arkansas, Dec. 30

Demi Moore: No, not that kind of cougar.

Cougar Watch: An extensive Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story suggests that, despite numerous reported sightings, there aren't many cougars in the Natural State, but they obviously haven't seen your mom. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) Union Label: Newly minted blogger John Brummett digs up a scooplet with the report that state Sen. Gilbert Baker is on the board of a national group fighting union-backed card check legislation by amending state constitutions. We had a little union trouble recently at … [Read more...]

‘Card Check’ Not in Cards for Lincoln? (Updated!)

Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln—recently challenged by reps from the Arkansas business community for being all mealy-mouthed on the proposed 'card check' bill being pushed by labor unions—now says that the card check legislation may not be necessary. In this AP story by the Mysterious Reporter With No Name Because They're Stickin' It to the Man with a Byline Strike, Lincoln strikes a potentially more business-friendly tone on the issue: "I don't see this bill as being the solution to those … [Read more...]