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July, 2013

  • 30 July

    Boozman Criticizes Wasteful Obamacare Advertising Blitz in Arkansas

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator John Boozman criticized federal marketing, publicizing and advertising spending on the President’s health care law in Arkansas. The Associated Press revealed more than $24 million would be spent in the state making it the second highest level of spending per capita in the nation. “Given our $17 trillion debt, we shouldn’t borrow money from our ...

  • 30 July

    House of Representatives Weekly Report – July 31, 2013

    By Nate Bell I’ve written about topics that were in the news over the last couple of weeks but this week I’m returning to my series of explanations about legislation I sponsored during this year’s general session of the legislature. The next three bills I filed were appropriations bills to fund portions of other general legislation.  I filed HB1658, HB1659 ...

  • 30 July

    State Capitol Week in Review – July 31, 2013

    By Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas tourism industry grew modestly last year, increasing by 1.4 percent and bringing tourism’s portion of the state economy to $5.77 billion. More than 58,000 worked in travel-related jobs and their total payroll amounted to more than $1.1 billion. Travelers paid more than $301 million in state taxes and $110 million in ...

  • 30 July

    Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fill Inspectors General Vacancies

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced legislation to reduce lengthy vacancies in federal offices of inspectors general. The Verifying Agency Conduct and Needs Through Inspectors General Act (VACANT Inspectors General Act) would require the nomination of a person to each Inspector General (IG) position within 210 days of a vacancy, or ...

  • 29 July

    Spying

    By Michael Reisig With the advent of so many new, mind-boggling technologies, spying has become easier than ever before. We clandestinely seek information on each other now in unprecedented terms – companies spy on each other while they rifle through their customers’ personal emails, and forays onto the web. Governments spy on their nation’s businesses and on other government’s enterprises, ...

  • 25 July

    Cotton Votes to Prevent Excessive Regulation of our Energy Producers

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement in response to today’s passage of H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act: “Today the House passed legislation to prevent excessive regulation of our energy producers.  As many Arkansans have experience firsthand, President Obama’s EPA has issued more rules than any previous Administration; blatantly disregarding the damage ...

  • 24 July

    Finding Your Voice

    By LeAnn Dilbeck When you hear that first shrill cry of a newborn baby, it seems, in fact, that the first instinctive skill we find at birth is our voice. Although unable to speak words, we are given a distinct way to communicate and convey when we need something … the fun part is for everyone to figure out just ...

  • 24 July

    Detroit – The Failed American Experiment

    By Michael Reisig Well it finally happened: Detroit went under, gurgling and gasping like The Titanic, lost to bankruptcy. We did everything we could to prevent this from happening – not strictly from a humanitarian or an economic standpoint, but because Detroit represented a portion of the great experiment. Many years ago, we were a nation with burgeoning minorities and ...

  • 24 July

    State Capitol Week in Review

    By Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4. The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011.  The intent was to help families with children in school, and was popularly called the “Back to School” sales tax holiday when it was ...

  • 24 July

    House of Representatives Weekly Report

    By Nate Bell   The first weekend of August is our annual Back to School sales tax holiday in Arkansas. State and local taxes are not assessed on purchases of certain items typically needed when returning to school. This year the average Arkansas parent will spend over $250 on school clothes and an additional $100 for supplies. Clothing items and shoes ...