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The Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery is a great place for drinkers and non-drinkers alike to enjoy the best that the Spa City has to offer.
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Slim Chickens announced on their Facebook page today that the newest link in their chicken chain is now open at 301 N. Shackleford Rd., near I-430.
Did Alice Walton pay a record price for "Saying Grace"?
Don't plan on enjoying the Museum of Discovery's new exhibit on robotics, “Robots and Us,” tomorrow: The museum has announced it will be closed because of the weather.
Hot Springs Gallery Walk postponed due to weather.
Republicans and other enemies of President Obama have a real chance this month to achieve their dream of sabotaging the president's legacy and do good for the nation at the same time, but it is not by denying health insurance to as many Americans as they can or by encouraging as many people as they can not to buy it. /more/
But. I was surprised to learn that Hodges' representation to me that the project was being done without Tax Incrementation Finance District money some months ago has undergone a change. The city board of directors will hold a public hearing Dec. 17 on a plan to use TIF district authorization granted with little thought back in 2003 for an earlier unsuccessful plan to divert property tax revenue created by the new development into road improvements. City Manager Bruce Moore also happened to have omitted TIF plans when he told me then the city would contribute some economic development money to the project. State highway money was a certainty from the outset given the location at an already problematic junction of I-30 and I-430.
What's not to like about this? There are questions to consider.
Most of the property tax money diverted to the project will come out of Little Rock School District millage — 9 mills not otherwise obligated to bond debt. I still believe an important legal question remains on whether ANY TIF district can constitutionally capture money voted for school taxes from schools. The Supreme Court left that question standing in an important Fayetteville case that did put the first 25 mills of school taxes completely off limits.
It is mighty easy for city directors to give away school money. You'll find they are historically reluctant to give away their own tax money for improvements needed by private developers.
Have other commercial developers enjoyed improvement to roads in front of their developments; traffic signals and the like?
By allowing this TIF district for this project is the city opening the doors to wholesale raids on school tax money for the benefit of other private developers? The city describes the plan here. It asserts that the developer will still pay a majority of infrastructure costs and notes the school district will capture some increased revenue on 12 mills dedicated to bonds or ruled off-limits already. The city description is a bit disingenuous. It claims 37 mills of Little Rock's school tax levy will enjoy increased revenue. Actually, 25 of those mills are the state's base charge. The entire state effectively enjoys the benefit of that increased revenue because the money it produces offsets the base support the state provides each school district. It is money the district is NOT getting. It goes to the state.
Every school dollar is important, particularly as the Little Rock district looks to a future loss of millions in state desegregation aid.
Equal treatment of developers is also important, however elated we might be about a regional shopping lure in Southwest Little Rock.
I don't expect the city board, beloved of private interests, to give this much consideration. About as much as it gave this year increasing its financial subsidy to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce through two separate appropriations even as a lawsuit pends over the constitutionality of that expenditure. But there it is for the record.
Arkansas was once quite different from other Southern states, less race-obsessed and with a streak of mountain populism that kept it solidly Democratic well into this century. The election of Mr. Obama changed that practically overnight, costing Democrats the seat of Senator Blanche Lincoln in 2010 and now imperiling Mr. Pryor, a classic Arkansas Blue Dog.* SPEAKING OF OBAMACARE: There IS another side to the Affordable Care Act story. It's not all massive resistance, signup woest and unforeseen complications. There are millions being helped. Again from the New York Times:
But for all those problems, people are enrolling. More than 243,000 have signed up for private coverage through the exchanges, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and more than 567,000 have been determined eligible for Medicaid since the exchanges opened on Oct. 1. For many, particularly people with existing medical conditions like Mr. Acosta, the coverage is proving less expensive than what they had. Many others are getting health insurance for the first time in years, giving them alternatives to seeking care through free clinics or emergency rooms — or putting it off indefinitely.
Not all who need health insurance are happy with their new options. Many have complained that the prices are too high, especially if they earn too much to qualify for federal subsidies. And many will have a limited choice of doctors and hospitals under the new exchange plans, which have “narrow networks” to hold down premiums.
But Mr. Acosta, like the people in the following profiles, says the health care law has given him a cautious sense of hope.
There are no doubt many disappointed Parrotheads across the state tonight. But Jimmy Buffett wants you all to know that he and the band really regret having to cancel tonight's concert. However, safety comes first!
I've dug this tune for a long time now, but I just recently stumbled across this gem — a Vegas rendition of "Arkansas Coal" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood. (Hazlewood, an Oklahoma native, lived in Arkansas at some point in his childhood.)
Like a good many Hazlewood-related tunes, it is fairly bonkers in terms of arrangement and overall vibe. It's got jarring shifts reminiscent of the duo's timeless psych-pop tease "Some Velvet Morning." But the whole thing is a bipolar mix of eerie atmospherics and utter cheeseball bombast. Sinatra's childlike vocals are extra creepy (and check that outfit!). Hazlewood was sans moustache. This was in the midst of his "Cowboy in Sweden" period, a particularly fertile time in a career thus far filled with them.
I've been on a huge Hazlewood kick lately. The guy was whip-smart and had a wicked sense of humor, to say nothing of his keen ear and production acumen. This box set looks like it'd be worth smashing open your piggy bank for. Anyway, I hope y'all enjoy this on your snow day.
After the jump, another one of my favorite Hazlewood tunes.
Awesome links, outlier. And the ultimate explanation regarding the fear of critical thinking in places…
wrong headline. Better get the coffee pot full.
Norma, of course you may call me crypto. I have no doubt that in reality…
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