State officers sworn; Beebe sets his agenda | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

State officers sworn; Beebe sets his agenda

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM

CHEERING BEEBE: The new legislature applauds Gov. Mike Beebe at his opening speech.
  • Brian Chilson
  • CHEERING BEEBE: The new legislature applauds Gov. Mike Beebe at his opening speech.

It's done. Say hello to the 2011-2015 slate of leaders: Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Secretary of State Mark Martin, State Treasurer Martha Shoffner, State Auditor Charlie Daniels and State Land Commissioner John Thurston. They were sworn in this morning, in advance of Gov. Mike Beebe's afternoon inauguration to a second term.

Also before the inauguration, Beebe spoke to a joint legislative meeting about his agenda. He mentioned prison reform (he'll have to increase correction and community punishment budgets in the course of saving money, however); he warned of the need for money to combat expected Medicaid demands; one twitterer indicated that Beebe disputed the long-disproven trickle-down theory that tax cuts pay for themselves; he said a half-cent grocery tax cut is all the state can afford, and he insisted that other tax cuts must be justified by specific spending cuts, which he intimated the state can't justify.

There was also this: What with that lottery money rolling in, Beebe implored universities to try to hold down tuition increases. The fallacy in this exhortation lies in the fact that the lottery money is only a replacement for money coming from students' and parents' pockets. It has no impact on the inexorable rise of college costs. It is of no benefit to the colleges, except perhaps in additional students, who also increase costs. Colleges must raise tuition or the state must pitch in more money to offset the needs for more money. Absent either of those steps, the lottery scholarships will be gradually devalued.

WITH EMPHASIS, Beebe said: General revenues cannot be tapped to pay for highways.

Beebe also plugged the state's relatively sound economic condition, improvement in some education and other measures and jobs created in the state during his first term. Sounds again like my suggested state slogan: "Arkansas: Better than you might think."

Here's the text of both his speech to the legislature and his subsequent inaugural address. You can see clips of both on the jump. Beebe's speech before the legislature had a little more substance. One message was consistent in both: Arkansas may be doing fine, but we can do better.

I SWEAR: Gov. Mike Beebe takes oath for second term from Chief Justice Jim Hannah.
  • Brian Chilson
  • I SWEAR: Gov. Mike Beebe takes oath for second term from Chief Justice Jim Hannah.

Beebe tells the legislature there is still much work to be done and the "trite" old phrase, "Thank God for Mississippi" is "inappropriate anymore." Thanks to Brian for the video.

Gerard Matthews was on hand for the governor's inaugural speech and caught this clip. It was a little shorter on substance than the governor's previous address to the legislature, but Beebe again stressed that even though Arkansas was doing okay according to most metrics, there is still room for improvement.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Open line and Civil War update

    More Confederacy defenders were on hand in Bentonville against imagined threats to a one of hte Confederate statues put up long after the Civil War to spin a narrative about the noble Lost Cause.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • Three dead in WLR

    Three dead in suspected double murder-suicide in West Little Rock.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • One dead in shooting at Buffalo National River

    KTHV reports a man was fatally shot Saturday at the Buffalo National River in Searcy County in what is being called an officer-involved shooting. No other details at the moment.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 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.
  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



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