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JOHN BRUMMETT: Old soul, new message

You don't lead from behind. Stand up for what is right and people will eventually respect and follow.

February 2, 2018 at 1:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Agency picks 10-lane plan for I-30 through downtown Little Rock, North Little Rock

The smart thing to do would be to extend 630 to the east just north of the airport and then across the river. That would provide 6 more lanes in addition to the existing 6 lanes that now cross through downtown. The additional river crossing would increase development and spread the traffic load. I've never even heard such an option being mentioned though.

December 1, 2017 at 5:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: 1 in 30 children in U.S. homeless in 2013

Here's why this is a problem. Many, if not most, people think AFDC (welfare) still exists. They seem to be unaware that "welfare reform" did away with the federal program and replaced it with TANF, which is much less and has a lifetime limit of 5 years. Some states have instituted shorter periods.

The "reform" granted states wide discretion of how to distribute TANF entitlements. States also have the authority to eliminate payments to recipients altogether. Under the new act, TANF recipients are required to find a job within 24 months of receiving aid. Benefits are as low as 12% of the poverty level in MS (Arkansas' is 19%).

In 2008, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama had the lowest benefit levels in the country, providing benefits that meet less than 20% of the federal poverty level."

Also, I was recently told by a single mother that her SNAP was going to be reduced by the amount she received under TANF, so she declined it. Luckily she has family her and her child can stay with or they'd be homeless too.

How many of you could live off 19% of the poverty level and SNAP?

November 18, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report lists Arkansas among worst for child homelessness

Here's why this is such a problem, if any of you are interested in actual facts.

Many,if not most, people think AFDC (welfare) still exists. They seem unaware of "welfare reform" that did away with the federal program and replaced it with TANF in 1996, which is much less and has a lifetime limit of 5 years. Some states have instituted shorter periods.

The "reform" granted states wide discretion of how to distribute TANF entitlements. States also have the authority to eliminate payments to recipients altogether. Under the new act, TANF recipients are required to find a job within 24 months of receiving aid. Benefits are as low as 12% of the poverty level in MS (Arkansas' is 19%).

In 2008, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama had the lowest benefit levels in the country, providing benefits that meet less than 20% of the federal poverty level."

I was recently told by a single mother that her SNAP was going to be reduced by the amount she received under TANF, so she declined it. Luckily she has family she can stay with or else she and her child would be homeless too.

How many of you could live off 19% of the poverty level and SNAP?

November 18, 2014 at 10:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Through the smoke

The grandfathering date is March 23, 2010. That is the day the ACA became law.

Since I can't post a link, just Google:

Media Surprised By Obamacare's Effect On Insurance Coverage Admin Explained Years Ago

October 31, 2013 at 11:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Insurance firms offer 1-year rates reprieve

What a load of crap. This reporter should be fired for the first paragraph. There is nothing to suggest that individual plans will be higher. Right the opposite is most likely to be true sine they will no longer be charged higher premiums for pre-existing conditions every time they change policies.

September 7, 2013 at 7:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Beebe favors partnership on insurance

The ignorance of some (Republicans) is just unbelievable. I hope voters are not as ignorant when they go to vote in 2012.

December 23, 2011 at 10:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I-30 bridge on levy’s list

Did I understand this article to suggest that voters would not approve a 5 cent increase in diesel taxes? As if they would support a sales tax increase to pay for roads? Sales taxes should NOT be used for highway construction. Let those who use the roads and tear them up pay.

December 15, 2011 at 2:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jobless-aid claims hit 7-month low

Those figures were released in August so when it says "last month" that is July 2011 and not October.

November 18, 2011 at 7:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jobless-aid claims hit 7-month low

1.7 percent: Increase in the number of private sector jobs nationally with the addition of 1.8 million jobs from 107.4 million in July 2010 to 109.2 million last month.

-2.4 percent: Decline in government jobs nationally with the loss of 547,000 jobs from 22.6 million in July 2010 to 22 million last month.

927,000: The number of additional jobs the nation would have if the government jobs had increased at the same 1.7 percent rate that private sector jobs increased over the last year.

9.1 percent: The national unemployment rate in July.

8.5 percent: What the national unemployment rate would have been in July if 927,000 of the unemployed were instead working.

Source: Analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data

Note: The government jobs numbers do not include jobs of privately employed people doing work under government contracts. So cuts in government spending have eliminated even more jobs than shown by the numbers above.

November 18, 2011 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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