For years, we have focused on striving for what will make our schools adequate. I believe we can do better than that with a more focused effort and new ideas.
There are other states that don't achieve that much per capita, and we're refining the estimates of what we think is possible with a lottery.
This is an effort that we look at as being important for working people across the state. It is past time for an increase in the minimum wage.
People are driving over state lines to play the lottery. We need to keep our resources here.
Minimum wage was last increased in 1997. It?s wrong that people that work full-time can?t support their families.
There is a perception that special interest lobbyists are controlling the show. I think we need to change that perception by changing some of our rules.
We brag when our athletic teams are the top 20 in the country. We need an education team that's in the top 20 as well.
I certainly prefer using the lottery proceeds to increasing property taxes, which I don't favor.
All of this is geared toward providing an education system in Arkansas from top to bottom that is not merely adequate but excellent.
I don't have any plans to, but I'm sure it will have some collateral health benefits for him.
If ask 100 Arkansans about the phrase, 'the public option,' or 'a public option,' you'll get 100 different impressions about what that means.