Arkansas State Chamber urges governor and legislature to maintain "business-friendly" reputation — but does not call for HB 1228 veto | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Arkansas State Chamber urges governor and legislature to maintain "business-friendly" reputation — but does not call for HB 1228 veto

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 5:05 PM

The Little Rock Chamber expressed disapproval for HB 1228 earlier today, calling it "bad for business and bad for Arkansas." The State Chamber is now out with a more tepid statement, Arkansas Business reports. They ask the governor and legislators to ensure that "Arkansas maintains its rightful and hard-earned reputation as a business-friendly place where success is an opportunity available to all." But they don't mention HB 1228 explicitly or take a clear position. 

Meanwhile, they say leaders need "to pause and carefully consider any and all avenues available to prevent the mischaracterization of Arkansas’s people and their attitudes towards others."

Yeah, good luck. The cat is out of the bag, and by and large the business community just doesn't have time for the kind of petty shenanigans that conservative legislators use to gin up the base. There's a reason the governor was scrambling today. 

Here's the full statement from the Chamber: 

As the statewide voice of business, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas urges Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Legislature to take timely and proactive steps to ensure that Arkansas maintains its rightful and hard-earned reputation as a business-friendly place where success is an opportunity available to all.

We urge Legislative leaders to pause and carefully consider any and all avenues available to prevent the mischaracterization of Arkansas’s people and their attitudes towards others. We are ready and willing to do all we can to assist in this serious effort.

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