Huckabee Putting More Heat on Legislators as Election Nears - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Huckabee Putting More Heat on Legislators as Election Nears

APRIL 8, 2004 - Posted at 7:09 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee is targeting legislators for raising taxes and failing to pass reforms that he said would have streamlined government.

Huckabee says legislators have been more willing to raise taxes than work for efficiency in public schools and state departments.  The governor made the accusations yesterday during his monthly call-in radio show.

Huckabee had already signaled he would be active in this year's legislative races.  Yesterday he urged his listeners to be active and elect different legislators.

Twice in the past year, the Legislature has raised taxes while rejecting measures the governor presented as ways to make government more efficient.

Facing a budget shortfall last year, the General Assembly passed about $100 million in new taxes to shore up funding for public schools, Medicaid and state prisons.

The governor had proposed a sales-tax increase amounting to nearly $250 million over two years.  Huckabee signed the legislation but criticized lawmakers for rejecting the government reorganization plan he proposed as a way to show good faith with citizens.

In the recent special session on education reform, Huckabee refused to support $370 million in new taxes to pay for public education improvements.  The Legislature rejected Huckabee's plan to consolidate schools to hold down costs.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Police search for armed and dangerous shooting suspect

    Police search for armed and dangerous shooting suspect

    Friday, April 28 2017 9:58 PM EDT2017-04-29 01:58:00 GMT
    Saturday, April 29 2017 10:02 AM EDT2017-04-29 14:02:44 GMT
    Michael D. Jackson (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)Michael D. Jackson (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)

    Poplar Bluff police are looking for a suspect in a shooting that took place Friday afternoon.

    Poplar Bluff police are looking for a suspect in a shooting that took place Friday afternoon.

  • Armed, dangerous suspect wanted after shots fired in Poplar Bluff, MO

    Armed, dangerous suspect wanted after shots fired in Poplar Bluff, MO

    Saturday, April 29 2017 12:59 AM EDT2017-04-29 04:59:19 GMT

    The Poplar Bluff Police Department is looking for a suspect after shots fired on Friday afternoon, April 28.

    The Poplar Bluff Police Department is looking for a suspect after shots fired on Friday afternoon, April 28.

  • City plans to improve Race St. railroad crossing

    City plans to improve Race St. railroad crossing

    Friday, April 28 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:53:26 GMT
    Saturday, April 29 2017 12:01 AM EDT2017-04-29 04:01:30 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Jonesboro is looking to work with the Union Pacific Railroad and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to improve a crosswalk over the railroad along Race Street.

    Jonesboro is looking to work with the Union Pacific Railroad and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to improve a crosswalk over the railroad along Race Street.

Powered by Frankly