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Cash to help Arkansas communities called doable, but GIF is ‘history,’ governor says

By Noel Oman

This article was originally published April 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated April 17, 2018 at 2:32 p.m.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks during a press conference at the state Capitol in this photo.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday the corruption-tainted General Improvement Fund that state lawmakers controlled is history, but he held out the possibility of using competitive grants administered by the executive branch to help "communities in terms of their unique needs."

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JMort69 says... April 17, 2018 at 8:31 a.m.

Right, that would be the same executive branch that was in place while these GIF scams were taking place. And, this would be the governor whose nephew is the divorce attorney for Rusty Cranford, the lobbyist at the top of this pile of smelly mess. Is the governor taking any of the blame for sitting by while all this was happening? Or, are any of the other officials in charge of our legislature admitting any lack of oversight? I certainly haven't heard any. This is our tax money. We should have a say in how it is spent. Perhaps a commission including county judges, citizens with financial experience, mayors of these communities and other socially involved people should be included. After all, it is their jurisdictions who benefit. We don't need another bunch of politicians unilaterally deciding how money is spent in our communities. I mean, just look at the Medical Marijuana Commission, another debacle under the governor's supervision. The politicians appointed these commissioners and that has turned in to such a quagmire people may never get the help we need. Clearly, most politicians, especially those who are too inept to handle their personal finances, don't need to be in charge of anything without oversight. They are far more interested in padding their pockets than being good stewards of the people's money. So, no thanks, Governor Hutchinson, let's try something different. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

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Whippersnapper says... April 17, 2018 at 10:27 a.m.

The governor was not in charge of the GIF mess. In the 90s, the governor was in charge of these types of grants, but when Huckabee took office and the Democrats still held supermajorities in the legislature, they took all of the money for themselves and left crumbs for the governor to direct. The problem has been that the 100+ legislators in Arkansas each had control over hundreds of thousands of dollars a year that could be used for any project in their home town, which led to a lot of corruption.

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JMort69 says... April 17, 2018 at 1:46 p.m.

The governor is the captain of the ship of state, period. And, his bosuns are the heads of the chambers of our legislature, none of whom, apparently, did anything to stop any of the GIF alleged graft. As a long-time independent, I am not going to accept the normal partisan finger pointing in an attempt to excuse this behavior. And, Whipper, what excuse will you make for the governor's nephew having a client like Cranford who is charged with murder-for-hire. I don't think my tax money has the words "Republican" or "Democrat" on it. And, BTW, both are involved in the various schemes this group of alleged crooks have pulled in my state. So, don't try to convince me that the governor has no culpability. Running the state is not all about taking credit, its also about stepping up when you smell something fishy. But, maybe if that stink is too close to home, you cover it up. Sorry, won't work.

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Whippersnapper says... April 19, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.

I'm no fan of Hutchinson, I am simply pointing out that the legislature seized control of these funds for themselves (legally) back when Huckabee was governor and the Democrats were scrambling to take away all the powers they had vested in the executive branch. It is independently elected legislators from the various districts (some Democrat and some Republican) who are causing this. Hutchinson has his problems, but GIF is not his problem. For you to assume my insistence on facts is in any way a specific defense of Asa is humorous, to say the least. Just about any commenter on here can tell you that I might be the last true ideological conservative who has never gone for party over principle (which is why I still can't support Trump)

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Delta123 says... April 19, 2018 at 10:44 a.m.

The Governor's nephew has Rusty Cranford for a divorce client? So what?

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