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Final Approval for DHS Appropriation

Fiscal Session Coming to a Close BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – During the fourth week of the Fiscal Session the House gave final approval to the DHS appropriation. SB111 passed last Tuesday and the final version contains my negotiated amendments that restrict enrollment, add co-pays, eliminate several hundred government positions and bar requests for additional grants to promote Obamacare. ...

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You Wanted Change…

BY  MICHAEL REISIG – Having followed the news for the last week I find myself discouraged, at best, for the survival of the nation we once knew. True to his 2008 promise of “fundamental change in America” President Obama and his executive agencies (which includes the Internal Revenue Service, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and others) have pursued ...

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Arkansas Lottery Commission Reduce Estimated Revenue for Current Year

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Lottery Commission has revised downward its revenue estimate for the current year, from $89.5 million to $82.8 million. Higher education officials are paying close attention to the negative trend because revenue from lottery tickets is the financial foundation for the popular Academic Challenge Scholarship Program.  If the decline continues, ...

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Compensation and Reimbursement Policies of the Arkansas Legislature

BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – The legislative session is currently at a standstill as a small minority of House members continue to block passage of my negotiated deal on the “private option.” The Senate passed the proposal with the required 75% affirmative vote last week and I expect it to finally pass the House this week. Without much additional ...

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Making It In America…

BY MICHAEL REISIG – We’re all in such a huff here in America, everyone is struggling to find a job, or terrified they’ll lose one they have, or concerned they’ll lose the retirement benefits they worked (and paid into) for so long. We’re disappointed with the quality of the products we buy and the services we receive, and everything is ...

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Fiscal Session Has Busy Start

BY REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – The House began the first week of our third Fiscal Session at a rapid pace.  We passed 19 budget bills and sent them to the Senate in the first 4 days of business. The Health Care Independence Act, commonly referred to as the “Private Option” was passed during the last Regular Session.  I opposed passage ...

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The New America

BY MICHAEL REISIG – We have watched numerous changes take place in this country in the last 30 years – probably some of the most significant cultural, economic, and constitutional transformations this nation has ever seen. In the process we have witnessed the world respect for America diminish enormously, and our respect for the laws and the standards created by ...

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The Coming Changes

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Up until the last half century America had always been considered a conservative nation, and its immigrants recognized and accepted that, coming to this country and assimilating into the primary religious and social stratums without particular furor. But social concepts in America have radically changed in the last 50 years. We have gone from a nation ...

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The Slippery Slope of Constitutional Aberration

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Sen. Ted Cruz, recently speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s policy orientation for the Texas Legislature, charged President Obama with a pattern of “lawlessness on a breathtaking scale” that he said even liberal Democrats will come to regret when a future president seeks to exercise similar unbridled power. The point is well taken because, once ...

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Speech Short on Solutions

While I was sitting in the House Chamber, watching the President deliver his State of the Union address, I couldn’t help but think of Yogi Berra’s quote “It’s déjà vu all over again.” During the annual speech, President Obama pitched much of the same recycled ideas that have left our country in a stalled economic recovery. He made his intentions ...

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