Governor Says Legislators Don't Know How Good They've Got It

NOVEMBER 24, 2004 - Posted at 3:34 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Mike Huckabee says state legislators don't know how good they've got it with the economy and shouldn't be complaining so much.

Huckabee said legislators are complaining that the budget is being cut, even though it contains more money for programs than it did last year.

Huckabee complained about a number of subjects in an e-mail today.  His rant about the state's surging economy was inspired, by among other things, legislators' gripes that Huckabee hadn't given extra money for preschool expansion.

Huckabee said that what legislators aren't telling constituents is, a national study out of New Jersey already gave Arkansas the country's only perfect ten for preschool quality standards.  He said he had to prioritize.

He also said he isn't reneging on teacher salaries, as some have claimed, just cutting back on money that would have gone to the school districts for teacher salaries.  The governor said the districts were never required to spend the money on teacher salaries in the first place.

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