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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chamber of Commerce handout on agenda

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

The Central Arkansas Water Commission is scheduled to consider today upping its contribution of ratepayer money to the unaccountable Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce from $25,000 to $50,000.

I think this payment — and others by local governments from taxes and utility rates — is an unconstitutional appropriation to a private corporation. Legalities aside, the chamber should raise its own money privately to support its political agenda. It should not be allowed to tap the water bills of people whose best interests are frequently contrary to those of the chamber.

I wrote about this recently.

UPDATE: The item was removed from the agenda at the last minute because the commission had asked for some additional information about the request and CEO Graham Rich had no additional report ready.

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