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Friday, October 1, 2010

Thanks for nothing, Dr. No

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Sen. Blanche Lincoln welcomes a John Boozman visit to Lonoke County with a healthy list of federal payments to worthy projects in the county that Boozman opposed.

You'd think the tactic would be effective. This year, I'm not sure. Oh, people in Lonoke County want the money still. But they still want to throw out the bums who provided it, not the bums who didn't. Go figure.

They are putting together similar lists for other counties Boozman is visiting, such as Poinsett.


Congressman John Boozman plans to drop by Lonoke County Saturday. Let’s take a look at a few of the Lonoke County priorities he’s voted against:

Ø Cabot Waterworks funds for wastewater improvements that allow for the continued development of residential and commercial property;

Ø Lighting at Carlisle Municipal Airport to enhance safety;

Ø Funds for Arkansas Rural Water Association in Lonoke to make necessary infrastructure improvements and allow for continued development;

Ø Education funds for the Carlisle, Cabot and England school districts to help students succeed; and

Ø A USDA loan for Cabot’s Custom Tool and Die, which will help support 30 local jobs.

And Congressman Boozman will no doubt drive past the proposed location for a new on/off ramp at I-40 and Highway 89. Highway 89 has an accident rate above the average for rural highways. In the Senate transportation appropriations bill, Senator Lincoln has secured $1 million for the project, funds Congressman Boozman has pledged not to seek on behalf of Arkansans, choosing to let our tax dollars stay in Washington instead of bringing them home to benefit our communities.

As a strong voice for Arkansas families, Senator Lincoln has always fought to keep Arkansas the best place to live, work and raise a family. In Lonoke County, she has fought for more than $45 million in funding for first responders, economic development, and other investments to secure jobs and help families living in the area. Every year, Arkansas gets more money back from Washington than it pays in taxes because Senator Lincoln is fighting to make sure Arkansas is front and center in Washington and getting our fair share. She voted to keep taxes low on Arkansas families while delivering crucial investments by the federal government. That’s why Arkansas ranks 14th out of 50 states in getting money back from Washington. Senator Lincoln will continue to fight for Arkansas’s rural communities, which depend on federal investment to secure jobs and provide many basic services for residents.

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