IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
SEWAGE. They care, they really care, where a new sewage treatment plant goes in western Little Rock. Angry neighbors care so much, in fact, that the Sewer Committee put off a decision until April.
NEPOTISM. Legislators keep hiring wives and, in the case of House Speaker Bill Stovall, a brother, for part-time state jobs. They seem to think nothing of it, dismissing $431 weekly for wifely receptionists as small change. Tell that to a grocery sacker who makes a lot less for real work.
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS. A new report showed that Arkansas school districts spent only 2 percent of revenues on sports. The figure is almost certainly incomplete. Bentonville, with maybe a half-million dollars in new football coaches, a new football field with a jumbotron and other new jock facilities, wasn’t even in the top 20 in reported spending. But who’s going to make the districts tell the truth if the law cannot?
NURSING HOME RESIDENTS. Surprise. The greedy nursing home lobby lied. It does have legislative “tort reform” plans this session after all. It’s a backdoor plan to end most lawsuits by diverting payments for mistreatment of residents from the victims to Medicaid.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
The DEMOCRATIC PARTY. The race for party chair got ugly, divisive and petty. Thank goodness it’s over Saturday.
The HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Its own boss, Dr. Fay Boozman, admitted the agency has significant management problems and is incapable of fixing itself. Er, governor, tell us again why Boozman is still employed?
PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY. The draft bill to implement the giant corporate welfare amendment voters approved in November exempts information about the giveaway of tax dollars from public inspection.
Donald Trump Friday night signed an executive order directing government to scale back Obamacare to the extent possible. Though the signing was mostly symbolic, it likely has implications for Arkansas.
They've had a forum in Fayetteville today on Rep. Charlie Collins' fervent desire to force more pistol-packing people onto the campus at the University of Arkansas (and every other college in Arkansas.) He got an earful from opponents.
"Why do you guys not care about your community? You’re tearing it down, not building it up, especially in the black community … It’s just a simple question — do you care?" one mother asked the superintendent. "Ma’am, I do care deeply about this district, and I do believe wholeheartedly we are making a better district every day," Poore replied.
When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.