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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 13:57:00

License tag fee would likely have to jump $2.50-$3 to pay for prison expansion, research finds

A new prison could cost $7 to $8 million in financing costs just to build. And it would be built in the face of statistics that indicate more prisons do little to reduce the crime rate.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 15:22:00

Beebe touts another broadband study

Gov. Mike Beebe touts a new study of school broadband. He says Arkansas could use existing expenditures and federal money to create nation-leading high-speed Internet for school kids.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 13:35:00

Arkansas rapped for revenue forecasting practices

Calling Richard Weiss. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says Arkansas alone among the states has in place zero of its five "best practices" for revenue forecasting.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 20:43:00

Acxiom VP tells lawmakers the state should allow school districts to use public internet infrastructure; private internet providers aren’t happy

In yet another Education committee meeting this morning about expanding broadband internet access to school districts, an executive vice president of Acxiom said he “wholeheartedly endorsed” a report released last month that recommends a public-private partnership to bring the state’s subpar K-12 internet connectivity up to national standards.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 10:42:00

Your tax dollars at work: Lt. Gov. office

Taxpayers are still spending $200,000 a year to staff an office, lieutenant governor, without an officeholder. What are they doing to pass the time? Good question. And one that even an FOI request has been unable to dislodge answers for as yet.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:34:00

This morning's discussion on race at Ron Robinson Theater

Interesting panel discussion this morning on race and ethnicity at the River Market's Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market. The discussion, titled "Money, Class and Opportunity," was held in conjunction with the release of UALR's 11th installment of their survey of racial attitudes in Pulaski County. The panel was moderated by State Sen. Joyce Elliott, with Maria Elena de Avila of the Arkansas Department of Career Education; State Rep. Fred Love; Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation; Carmen Parks of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Terry Richard-Trevino of the League of Latin American Citizen and the UALR Dept of Anthropology and Sociology and State Rep. Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp. Topics up for discussion by the panel were wide ranging, from neighborhood blight to nutrition to the largely re-segregated state of some Little Rock schools. At one point, during a discussion on "It's almost a sport now to blame people for being poor...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 14:00:00

ACLU of Arkansas files suit over voter I.D. law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a lawsuit in state court today on behalf of four plaintiffs seeking to overturn the state's voter I.D. law as violating the state constitution.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 10:41:00

Taking the pulse of Arkansas Democrats on the private option

REP. GREG LEDING I asked Leding if Democrats would still be united in support of the private option in the fiscal session, as they were last year.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 11:09:00

State employees get early payday

This just in from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration: The biweekly payroll for Arkansas State Employees processed two days early this week.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 11:27:00

Taking the pulse of the Arkansas legislature on the private option

Over the last several days, I’ve been talking to numerous lawmakers about the private option.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 17:01:00

DF&A: November tax revenues below forecast

November tax revenues came in 2.3 percent ($8.4 million) below forecast, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration reported in a  [pdf-1].

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 14:02:00

Mike Beebe then and now on public-records transparancy

A local Republican politico e-mailed to point out that then newly elected Gov. Mike Beebe said this in 2007 after releasing the papers of Larry Zeno, a Parole Board member who had jokes and photos of a racial and sexual nature on his state computer: 

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 11:48:00

DF&A revises fiscal year 2014 budget forecast downwards

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration released a memo yesterday downgrading its revenue forecast for fiscal year 2014.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 12:49:00

Alan Clark complains about raises to state agency directors that Alan Clark voted to authorize

Sen. Alan Clark (R-Hot Springs) sent out a press release yesterday complaining about "unauthorized raises for department heads."

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 17:11:00

Legislature to take up death penalty and arming teachers in fiscal session?

At his Nightwriter blog, Arkansas Legislative Digest's Benji Hardy reports on today's joint Judiciary committee meeting at the Capitol:

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 15:33:00

Full-time secretary of state aide moonlights as Fairfield Bay city attorney

Blue Hog Report digs up some more dirt on Secretary of State Mark Martin's office.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 07:22:00

State government: The fine print

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on careful reading this morning inspires a couple of comments: * HEALTH INSURANCE: The newspaper detailed a plan to address the big rate increase in public school health insurance.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 17:30:00

Legislature gets Westerman's $220,000 welfare study. It's a doozy, with cuts of hundreds of millions from Medicaid to nursing homes

A report inspired by state Rep. Bruce Westerman on state welfare programs finally was released to the public today.

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Friday, September 20, 2013 - 07:58:00

The legislature's pork barrel scam pays for park for Mayberry family

Great reporting in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today on how Rep. Andy Mayberry and his wife, Julie, who hopes to succeed him in the legislature, conspired with other Republican legislators from Saline County and nearby to direct spending $120,000 in state money to build a park for handicapped children including the Mayberry's daughter on land currently owned by the Mayberry family.

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