Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Asa plays the veteran card UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Asa Hutchinson, the Republican candidate for governor, said he'd push for special benefits for veterans to get more of them to live in Arkansas after retirement.

He said he'd allow veterans to get preferential in-state college tuition even if they hadn't established residency in Arkansas; he'd encourage the creation of more veterans treatment courts, and he'd encourage a more comprehensive plan for long-term care of veterans. He said his income-tax-cut plan, though not including a specific exemption for veterans income, would benefit them and other middle-income earners.

UPDATE: The campaign of Democratic candidate Mike Ross responded in some detail and called Hutchinson's ideas "vague" and out of date. Congress has already passed legislation requiring in-state tuition for vets, Ross said. Also, the Ross campaign also noted that, as congressman, Hutchinson had voted to cut vet benefits and against increased money for vets' heatlh care. He's "out of touch," they say.

UPDATE II: Though Hutchinson made no mention of it in his initial release, his team came back after Ross' criticism with an Army Times article that says there might be some glitches in enforcement of new federal law requiring in-state tuition, so ….. can't be too careful. Good to call for state law, too. 

UPDATE III: Dems note precious little difference between Asa and fed proposals. Also note feds cover spouse and dependents, too. Asa didn't mention them. I guess now he will. This is, after all, primarily a pander.

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