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Friday, August 14, 2009

Tunnel unloved

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 1:52 PM

TUNNEL LOVE: Legislators have it to reach Big MAC.

I'm overdue in applauding Gov. Mike Beebe for saying he's not inclined to endorse spending $3 million for a tunnel or skybridge to protect legislators from the elements as they walk a few hundred feet between the Capitol and contemplated new offices in Big MAC.

While we're at it: Do legislators really need several million dollars worth of new hideaway offices in Big MAC? To hear them, all the important work is done while lobbyists pick up their steak and martini tabs, thus the absolute requirement that free wining and dining of legislators must continue to be legal.

How about this? We let the legislators have swank new offices if they'll agree to a "cup of coffee rule" for lobbyists. Heck, taxpayers could even pay for a big coffee urn to supply the coffee for vital lobbyist/lawmaker business meetings. No need for restaurant meetings if you have government offices suitable for the purpose, right?

Has anybody else noticed that only a handful of legislative insiders claim to remember specific discussions about how this money was to be used?

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