The final days | Arkansas Blog

Monday, March 19, 2007

The final days

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2007 at 9:05 AM

Brummett Blog predicts a couple of big issues in the legislature's final days -- first a push from business to spend some of the surplus on seed money (AKA corporate welfare) for technology-based companies and, less troubling, special pay for science, math and technology teachers. Beware when government gets into private enterprise. The free market is usually a better judge of potential than government, subject to influence by special interest lobbyists and woefully ill-equipped to legislative effectively, much less judge the merit of high-tech enterprises.

And then there's the coming push to propose a constitutional amendment to provide for annual legislative sessions. (Oh, yeah, one would strictly be for "fiscal" matters, but it's an annual session any way you slice it.) He's far too kind in describing Shawn Womack's proposal, which should be a non-starter in its current form, with its virtual end to tax increases and authorization for unlimited pork barreling. What's missing entirely is any obvious benefit to citizens from paying legislators more to hang around longer (unfettered by any ethical rules and thus able to swill even more on the lobbyists' credit card) to spend more time beating tax increases for worthy purposes with a bare 25 percent vote and otherwise greedily carving up surpluses for the local rodeo arena. Whatever you want to call it, don't call it "reform."

From the ArkTimes store



Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016
  • Civil War over in Fort Smith; lawyer strikes his Rebel mascot battle tent

    KSFM reports that Joey McCutchen, the lawyer who's been trying to restart the Civil War in Fort Smith over the School Board's decision to drop the Rebel mascot and related trappingsfor Southside High School, is dropping his School Board takeover campaign.
    • May 27, 2016
  • The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

    The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.
    • Jun 29, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation