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Re: “UAMS will reduce workforce by 600 positions, including 258 layoffs: UPDATE

This has nothing to do with Asa or any plans to cut back on medicaid expansion, although that could make things worse. The hospital is full, and from what is known, the "cash flow" is positive. Probably any bureaucracy as big as UAMS could stand some streamlining, but the major problems are: 1) They are encumbered with ALL of the depreciation expense of the new buildings that have been built over the past 10 years or so (per U of A system rules), so there is a lot of "on paper" expenses that they have to encur that are a very large portion of the deficit 2) They have very minimal state support (and haven't for years, under previous administrations as well as the current; 3) The support they DO receive is mostly used for the state's Medicaid match, so it "passes through" UAMS and goes right back to the Feds; 4) Someone said ACH should "kick back" some funds- UAMS has been siphoning funds from ACH for years (through the UAMS departments based at ACH) and I'm sure they don't want to nor should they "kick back" anymore! 5) It is my understanding that the budget for the current FY was way too optimistic in terms of revenue "margin"; I don't know how much of that is true, but I expect that is true to some degree.
The most appropriate "fix" is for the Governor and legislature to either increase the amount of direct support or remove the Medicaid pass through that uses up the current support UAMS is currently getting; and modify the accounting rules to remove all or part of the depreciation expense currently being imposed on UAMS. I'm sure there are management issues that could help as well, but not to the degree of the current issues. So Asa and the Republican legislature can be part of the solution, and hopefully will be, but they have little to do with the current problem, which is based on the above financial issues which have been present for years.

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Posted by Birdbrain on 01/08/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “David Dunn, former legislator and election integrity commission member, died Monday

I don't believe I have ever read such horrible comments on this site. You should all be ashamed. He was a very kind, funny, gregarious, hard-working man who loved Arkansas. He had friends of all stripes. Unlike too many of us, you didn't have to be in lockstep with him on every issue to be his friend. I hope his wonderful family does not read these awful comments.

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Posted by Birdbrain on 10/18/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Arkansas ACT scores decline due to test being offered to all students, officials say

Sorry Les but I think you're off by several orders of magnitude on the logarithmic nature of ACT scores. Imagine the difference between a 20 and a 36? Might as well be infinity.

Posted by Birdbrain on 09/11/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Republicans feverish about basketball team statement. 1st Amendment? What 1st Amendment?

Cato- I'm not on a "side", certainly don't ever stand with the gun nuts; just hate when people immediately invoke the 1st Amendment when there is criticism of someone's stance on an issue. It's both "sides" that do this, by the way. Until somebody gets arrested, it's not a 1st Amendment issue. Those who are criticizing these young women have the same rights as they do, and even elected officials have that right.
As far as this particular issue, I think what the U of A AD and basketball coach have said is absolutely great. Asa wasn't supportive of them, but he wasn't ridiculous either

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Posted by Birdbrain on 11/05/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Republicans feverish about basketball team statement. 1st Amendment? What 1st Amendment?

Well, I've read the paper this morning, and watched the news, and I still haven't seen anything about their arrest report. I know they must have been arrested, otherwise Max and all of the Constitutional Experts on here wouldn't be bringing up the First Amendment. I'm assume we'll get the details later today.

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Posted by Birdbrain on 11/05/2016 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Republicans feverish about basketball team statement. 1st Amendment? What 1st Amendment?

I guess I missed the part where a government official said they were sending them to jail for this. I know you understand the First Amendment Max and wouldn't have brought it up unless the players had been arrested. Sorry I wasn't aware of that.

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Posted by Birdbrain on 11/04/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Ever check your kid's backpack?

Nothing like jumping to conclusions. "It was the FBI!!"

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Posted by Birdbrain on 11/04/2016 at 5:00 PM

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