Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
“In the past few days, Republican House Speaker Jeremy Gillam held good-paying Arkansas jobs hostage in North East Arkansas as part of a larger gubernatorial power grab. Democratic leadership helped bring Nucor Steel to Northeast Arkansas. Now, rather than doing all we can to enhance job opportunities for our fellow Arkansans, Speaker Gillam has said he will hold up job creation in order to give complete control of the people’s house to Governor Hutchinson.”This is true, but it omits an important fact: Democratic Sen. David Burnett allowed himself to BE rolled on this issue. He gave the governor critical votes for his takeover of History and the Governor's Mansion Commission in return for approval of his own bill to waive earthquake standards to save money for Nucor. (Would Nucor have built the mill without the cost savings on less-safe construction standards? Nobody seemed very interested in that question.)
“To obtain complete control of both the History Commission and Governor’s Mansion Commission, Speaker Gillam threatened to derail a project that will enhance job creation in Northeast Arkansas. For decades, all-volunteer commissions have overseen both the History Commission and the Governor’s Mansion, in part to shield efforts to preserve Arkansas’s heritage from extravagant spending scandals and political power plays.”
“It is very disheartening that Speaker Gillam thinks funding Pre-K is irresponsible but spending $1.5 million on the governor's mansion is worth sacrificing economic development in Northeast Arkansas. As Speaker of the House, Jeremy Gillam’s job is to serve the people of Arkansas, not be party to power grabs made by the governor.”
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