What it took to buy Jane English's vote for Obamacare | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What it took to buy Jane English's vote for Obamacare

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

click to enlarge THAT WAS THEN: Times and Sen. English have changed on implementing Obamacare in Arkansas. Shown above is her Facebook post in 2012.;
  • THAT WAS THEN: Times and Sen. English have changed on implementing Obamacare in Arkansas. Shown above is her Facebook post in 2012.;

It's official. Sen. Jane English, who ran for the Senate on an anti-Obamacare platform, has announced she will give the Beebe administration the 27th vote it needs in the Senate to continue to implement Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Arkansas.

She traded her vote for a pet interest — workforce education, including a commitment on how the state spends $15 million in job training in the first year and maybe $24 million in the second. That's a lot of pieces of silver. Following its specific spending in the months ahead should be interesting, too.

From the archives, what Jane English said during her campaign for Senate in 2012:

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – State Senate candidate and District 42 State Representative Jane English (R-North Little Rock) today issued the following statement marking the second anniversary of President Obama's health care law:

"Forcing Americans to buy a product as a function of being alive and the forcing of religious institutions to ignore their beliefs are just two of the reasons why I am opposed to the president's health care law. As a member of the Arkansas House, I was proud to fight against the implementation of the law here in our state, as opposed to other House members who actively worked to advance President Obama's agenda.

I wonder if President Obama might want to call Sen. English today to thank her for keeping his dream alive in Arkansas. The vote here has been watched nationally as a key marker for survival of the program.

Here's Roby Brock's interview with English on her switch. It's all about jobs, see, not Obamacare or the tens of thousands of people it helps.

The changes that English has advocated – and that key legislators and administration officials have agreed to – include:

$15 million in existing DWS and two-year college funding tied to jobs training that will be administered by AEDC to meet existing industry needs;

*A coordinated effort by state agencies and private industries to identify 30,000 potentially unfilled Arkansas jobs;

* An assessment of the skills needed to fill those jobs;

* A reallocation of two-year school resources to put infrastructure and money in key areas of the state where job vacancies exist.

By the 2015 legislative session, the initiative will seek a top-to-bottom review of all job training programs at two-year colleges statewide and a possible realignment of nearly $24 million in workforce training money.

You'll remember that the Koch brothers have given a pass to people like English who forsake their Obamacare vows this year. It's a one-time-only pass. They don't want to harm the election chances of Republicans by being seen as a tyrannical minority bent on punishing poor people — not during an election year. That will come next year, after they are re-elected.

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (16)

Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.
    • Nov 3, 2016
  • Little Rock school activists announce events for 60th anniversary of Central High crisis

    The group is not affiliated with the official "Reflections of Progress" commemoration of the 60th anniversary. However, at least two of the Little Rock Nine may be joining the group for an event at 2:30 p.m. at the state Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Chamber.
    • Sep 14, 2017
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

People who saved…

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation