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Judges to oppose natural gas tax increase

Judges to oppose natural gas tax increase

LITTLE ROCK - At its Winter Conference Friday, the County Judges’ Association of Arkansas unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the ballot initiative underway to raise the state’s severance tax on natural gas.

“We’ve seen firsthand the positive impact natural gas production has had on our counties, our communities, and on the lives of our citizens,” said Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin, president of the association.  “The industry has helped us weather the economic storm and has brought thousands of jobs to our state – jobs our folks have come to count on, and passing a tax increase would put all that in jeopardy.” 

Judges to oppose natural gas tax increase

Judges to oppose natural gas tax increase

LITTLE ROCK - At its Winter Conference Friday, the County Judges’ Association of Arkansas unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the ballot initiative underway to raise the state’s severance tax on natural gas.

“We’ve seen firsthand the positive impact natural gas production has had on our counties, our communities, and on the lives of our citizens,” said Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin, president of the association.  “The industry has helped us weather the economic storm and has brought thousands of jobs to our state – jobs our folks have come to count on, and passing a tax increase would put all that in jeopardy.” 

19 appointed to governor's boards, commissions

19 appointed to governor's boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Joseph Beck, M.D., Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas State Medical Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2016.

William Dudding, M.D., Fort Smith, reappointed to the Arkansas State Medical Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2017.

Glen Glover, El Dorado, to the State Rehabilitation Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2014. Replaces Travis Beebe.

Lex Golden, Little Rock, to the Public Health Advisory Board. Appointment expires November 1, 2017. Replaces Joe Dan Yee.

Dr. David Horton, Conway, to the State Rehabilitation Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2014. Replaces John Satterfield.

Scott Jones, Little Rock, to the Technology Equipment Revolving Loan Fund Committee. Appointment expires June 30, 2013. Replaces Betsy Barnes.

Ross makes statement on State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 24) - U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Statement from U.S. Congressman Mike Ross:

"I appreciate the President presenting a detailed plan on how we strengthen the middle class and get this economy back on track - two important priorities for this Congress. I strongly urge the President and Congress to come to the table, actually listen to one another and work in a bipartisan way. The November elections are ten months away, so there's still plenty of time to govern and get the job done. We simply cannot afford to wait any longer to address our national debt or our jobs crisis. It's time for Republicans and Democrats to stop putting party over country and get to work on behalf of the American people.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Ross gives opinion on pipeline decision

Ross gives opinion on pipeline decision

This statement was taken from Congressman Mike Ross' Facebook page:

Ross Disappointed by President’s Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Says Pipeline Would Create Jobs, Lower Fuel Prices

JANUARY 18, 2012 

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott on Wednesday criticized President Obama’s decision to reject the permits to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico and create thousands of jobs in America, while reducing our dependence on oil from places like the Middle East and Venezuela.  Ross, who is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, is an ardent supporter of the pipeline and helped pass a bill last year in the House of Representatives to expedite its approval process.

 

Cotton, Hall release campaign fundraising figures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Republican running for a south Arkansas congressional seat says he's raised more than $197,000 in the last three months of 2011, while a Democrat running for an east Arkansas district says he raised more than $131,000.

Republican Tom Cotton announced Tuesday he has raised more than $500,000 total in his bid for the seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Ross. Cotton is one of four Republicans running for Ross' seat.

Cotton said he has $479,000 on hand for his campaign. Two Democrats have said they're running for Ross' seat.

State Rep. Clark Hall announced he raised $131,714 for his campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford in east Arkansas. Hall, one of two Democrats running for the seat, says he has $107,044 on hand.

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Ross disappointed in lack of potential successors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mike Ross says he's disappointed more Democrats haven't announced they're running for his south Arkansas seat, but says he doesn't think the field is settled yet.

Ross told The Associated Press on Friday that one of the reasons he announced in July that he wouldn't seek re-election was to give Democrats a chance to consider running for his seat. Ross is a Democrat who represents the 4th district.

So far, only two Democrats have announced they're seeking the party's nomination for Ross' seat. Four Republicans have said they're running.

Ross said he expects to see more candidates to join the Democratic race in the coming weeks. Ross said he hasn't backed any of the Democratic candidates and is waiting for the field to settle.

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