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story.lead_photo.caption Kathy Webb (AP / Danny Johnston )

House Budget Committee Chairman Kathy Webb, D-Little Rock, said Thursday that she’s confused and frustrated that the House Republican leader proposed a budget that provides $21 million less than the governor’s budget, rather than working through the process for a single, bipartisan version.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 02/17/2012

Print Headline: GOP plan took a vexing route, legislator says

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  • golfdude
    February 17, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.

    Well, if El Beebe would quit allowing the Mexicans to throw their anchor babies on Medicaid, that would trim a few million off Medicaid. AND - quit giving UAMS 8 MILLION to waste on a consulting firm that made NO changes, and quit providing all the physicians and nurses at UAMS with I-phones when they make plenty of money to pay their own phone bills. Just a start

  • jericho77
    February 17, 2012 at 6:52 a.m.

    Burris couldn't provide actual numbers for cuts within agencies and pulled 3% out of the air. Sure, that's not arbitrary. Continue to believe your own hype, Burris. You've been scowering the budget for weeks and that's the best tactic you could come up with? Go home and do your homework, lad, and quit trying to place the burden of proof on those who have a comprehensive and well-thought out plan in hand.

  • RLB
    February 17, 2012 at 7:43 a.m.

    Here we go again. Didn't the GOP learn anything from the Washington blunders? Goobers, work together!!!!

  • TheBatt
    February 17, 2012 at 8:16 a.m.

    Kathy Webb is just disappointed that the Democrats don't just get to pass whatever they want to as they have in the past. Until just recently, Democrats had enough of a majority to essentially not "NEED" so-called "bipartisan" efforts. But alas, voters in Arkansas are waking up, and have already elected enough to both houses of the state legislature to eliminate the super-majority the Democrats have had for so long. So the Democrats want "bipartisan" work... Just wait until next election- if the Republicans take the first majority in, well - a VERY long time... what will the Democrats be crying then?

    The reality is - the supposedly "conservative" budget proposal by Governor Beebe is anything but - it proposes $millions in further growth of the state government. We have too much government at both the state and federal level - but liberal politicians continue to push for ever-growing government. The insanity has to stop. Taxpayers cannot afford the pillaging.

    @jericho77 - do you actually understand how budget submissions work in Arkansas? The "comprehensive" plan you claim is not comprehensive. It is not a "line-item" budget, but a framework that is usually filled-in through the process of the session.

    @RLB - Washington blunders? You mean the Democrats who controlled Congress for several years, two of which with a Democrat president, who didn't even TRY to pass a budget, instead allowing ongoing budgetary action - aka - just keep spending with automatic increases in every area... then wonder why the deficit exploded? If the GOP made a "blunder" in Washington, it has been that they have not stood up to the President and the liberal Democrats who refuse to see the real cause of our financial issues.

  • RBBrittain
    February 17, 2012 at 8:32 a.m.

    This is a pure partisan ploy by the same House Republicans who screwed the Insurance Department's budget last session to score political points on health care reform. Arkansas' complex budgeting model is ALWAYS based on the Governor's proposal; even when the legislature is a different party from the Governor (i.e., Huckabee era), the legislature has its say by amending the Governor's proposal thru Joint Budget.

    Sen. Baker, the Republican who's Senate co-chair of Joint Budget, knows this and knows how to properly introduce GOP ideas into the budget; but the House GOP is at odds with him because he didn't support their Insurance Department insurrection last session for that very reason. The House GOP needs to listen to him...

  • SPA
    February 17, 2012 at 9:03 a.m.

    Medicaid is not a sink-hole investment, people. People decry the growth of Medicaid and Medicare, and say *nothing* about the growth of the health-care industry in general. We can't have it both ways: push for a better educated public and better healthcare, and then act surprised when we see ourselves spending more money. And guess what: that money is matched by federal dollars! Yes, a cut in state funding means giving up federal matching funds. And guess what else: the money spent on Medicaid pays doctors, nurses, health techs, pharmacies, pharmacists, and the entire supportive industry around it...which is then re-invested in the economy by these health care professionals. Please, stop acting as if money spent on Medicaid is wasted money. It just is not true, and it reveals either an ignorance or a denial about the facts that growth in Medicaid has a very positive benefit for our economy.

    On another note: parks and recreation. I am an outdoor lover and I believe we need to support our parks for Arkansans, and for our tourist industy. But... there is a a huge beautiful facility at Lake Fort Smith State Park with a state of the art pool that is only open *5 hours a day* in the summer time, and shuts down when school starts. That's a big expenditure for very little gain by the public. They are also planning building cabins there, like at Mount Magazine. Big, pricey cabins. What we need are some primitive camping sites for folks who don't need electricity and water at the site. They cost must less to build and to maintain and appeal to a wider range of vacationers; the big RV sites are rarely full. I'd like to see "the Natural State" focus a little more on nicely maintained camping facilities vs. elite cabins and pricey RV spots.

  • GiveUsLiberty
    February 17, 2012 at 12:29 p.m.

    Rubber-stamping the Governor's proposed budget would be ignoring the responsibility we elected our Representatives and Senators to perform - it is not "working together". The Governor and Rep. Webb are upset that they can't have it "their way". Thankfully we are no longer a people under the heel of the Democratic Party and subject to their political and social agenda. Our state government is too big and too expensive for a state as small and poor as Arkansas. Political and budget debate is good for the citizens of Arkansas. Every dollar they save is one less dollar that you and I have to pay in taxes.

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