Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
January 10th, 2019 • News

January 10, 2019

  • The legislature convenes in regular session next week, which means that every organization in Arkansas is headed to Little Rock to promote their agenda.
  • They all work for worthy causes, but there is simply not enough revenue in state government to fully fund them all.
  • The Good Roads Council has been active, informing the public about the economic benefits of safe highways, and the need to improve our entire transportation infrastructure. I couldn’t agree more.
  • The association that represents all of the hospitals in Arkansas has begun a publicity campaign, to make people aware of the economic impact of hospitals. I agree with them too. A community that lacks access to quality health care is simply not going to attract good jobs.
  • Business leaders and educators are talking up the value of vocational education. We all benefit from new technology, which means we all benefit from investments in post-secondary education. I agree that our students need to learn technical and computer skills to compete in the modern global economy.
  • Emergency responders need new equipment. Police departments need new vehicles. Municipal water and drainage systems always need repairs.
  • The common denominator is this: it requires a commitment of resources to improve and move ahead in education, business, health care and transportation.
  • The state cannot afford to finance everyone’s wish list. Some worthy programs will be funded, but others will not.
  • It is the legislature’s duty to make the tough decisions. At the end of the day, it’s impossible to make everyone happy, but it is possible to make Arkansas a better, safer and more prosperous place to live.
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