Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Arkansas AG McDaniel Stands with Union Bosses Instead of Workers

AG Dustin McDaniels
Stands Behind AFL-CIO
ARRA News Service. -
Katherine Vasilos, Republican Party of Arkansas: After refusing to join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, Democrat Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again ignoring the people of Arkansas by declining to join a legal effort to oppose the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) lawsuit to prevent Boeing from building a plant in right-to-work state South Carolina.

“Democrat Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has chosen to side with the likes of the AFL-CIO instead of with Arkansas workers,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos. “If our own Attorney General does not fight this blatant assault on private industry, then what will he do if the NLRB comes down on an industry looking to locate in Arkansas because of our right-to-work law?”

“As a right-to-work state facing the highest unemployment rate in 24 years, our leaders must be proactive in promoting private investment and economic development efforts in Arkansas,” Vasilos added. “Having an Attorney General not willing to fight the NLRB’s overreach certainly sends the message that Arkansas is not friendly to business.”

President of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Randy Zook called on Arkansas’ officials to join him in “vigorously opposing this misguided effort," citing that the Boeing challenge “represents a clear-cut threat to our business recruitment efforts.”

“Why is Democrat Dustin McDaniel ignoring the call to confront the NLRB for punishing right-to-work states and hindering job creation?” asked Vasilos “Today, the state GOP calls on McDaniel to join the 16-state amicus brief and fight for the people of Arkansas and the nation.”

AG McDaniel Stands With Union Bosses
“Arkansas' Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is not willing at this time to support the legal effort of 15 Republican Attorneys General to oppose a National Labor Relations Board action against aircraft maker Boeing related to the company’s decision to locate a manufacturing operation in South Carolina.” (Roby Brock, “McDANIEL WITHHOLDING JUDGMENT ON NLRB'S BOEING DECISION,” Talk Business , 8/30/11)

AG Ignores Republican Request to Join Legal Action Against NLRB
“On July 20, State Rep. Andrea Lea, R-Russellville, sent a letter to McDaniel asking him to consider joining the legal effort to block the NLRB.” (Roby Brock, “McDANIEL WITHHOLDING JUDGMENT ON NLRB'S BOEING DECISION,” Talk Business, 8/30/11)

Business Leaders Call on Officials to Oppose Boeing Challenge
“Randy Zook, president of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, issued this statement: ‘The Boeing-NLRB dispute is a matter of deep concern to business leaders all across the country. In Arkansas, our worry is that it represents a clear-cut threat to our business recruitment efforts...Hopefully, public officials will see the wisdom of vigorously opposing this misguided effort.’” (Roby Brock, “McDANIEL WITHHOLDING JUDGMENT ON NLRB'S BOEING DECISION,” Talk Business, 8/30/11)

AFL-CIO Wants NLRB To Expand Threat To All Businesses
“AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka defended the National Labor Relation’s Board’s controversial complaint vs. Boeing (BA) , saying the principles in that case ought to apply across the board to businesses.” (Sean Higgins, “AFL-CIO’s Trumka: NLRB Should Apply Boeing Case To All Businesses,” Investor’s Business Daily, 5/30/11)

16-State Amicus Brief Opposes NLRB Decision
“The brief, authored by and South Carolina and Texas, was joined by the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.” (Alan Wilson, “South Carolina and Texas Lead 16 State Action in Latest Challenge to NLRB Complaint,” South Carolina Attorney General, 6/11)

Tags: Arkansas, Attorney General, AG, Dustin McDaniel, democrats, unions, AFL-CIO, NLRB, workers, Court challenge, RPA, Republican party of Arkansas

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Arkansas Unemployment, Double Dipping and Obamacare

Arkansas Unemployment Highest in 24 Years
Thanks to the Democrats Policies of
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mike Beebe
ARRA News Service. - Katherine Vasilos, Republican Party of Arkansas: While the nation’s unemployment rate continues to hover   above 9 percent, last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics  announced  that Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose again from 8.1 to 8.2 percent – the highest in 24  years!

These numbers are a stark  reminder that the policies of President Obama and state  Democrats are failing Arkansas. Under President Obama,  our nation has lost 2.4 million jobs. Americans  can’t afford another vacation or round of golf   from the president, they need pro-growth policies that   spur job creation instead of kill it. In Arkansas,  rather than working to create business opportunities to  put people back to work, state Democrats voted against  job-creating legislation, like the    Capital   Gains Reduction Act of 2011.

Dipping into Your Pockets
Democrat Governor Mike  Beebe was recently called out in a  statewide  editorial for refusing to acknowledge his hand in   allowing state officials to double dip into the   pockets of Arkansas taxpayers.

According to a  news   article in the  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, over 500 state employees continue to collect two salaries for one job – by retiring then returning to the state payroll. A recent editorial recognized the need  for serious improvement in the Arkansas Public Employee Retirement System stating, “Reforms are needed. But they’re not likely to be made so long as the boss-in this case, Governor Mike Beebe-doesn’t mind these end runs around the  retirement system. And even aids and abets them.”

While we are fighting to overcome the highest unemployment in a generation, Governor Mike Beebe is orchestrating a corrupt  political game that could be costing taxpayers millions& of dollars. Arkansas Republicans believe in better. That’s why State Rep. Allen Kerr of Little Rock  is spearheading the effort to pass legislation and take  action to end this blatant disregard for the people of Arkansas.
  • State Legislator To Request Interim Study on Double Dipping
  • Governor Beebe Double Dips Into Pockets of Arkansans
  • Obamacare in Arkansas
    During the 2011 legislative session, Republican lawmakers got to work and successfully prevented the early implementation of Obamacare in Arkansas by stalling legislation which would have authorized the creation of federally mandated health insurance exchanges.

    As a result of  Republican efforts, the state of Arkansas just recently turned down federal grant money to begin the implementation of the President’s healthcare overhaul, citing legislative opposition! This is a remarkable victory for conservatives! Until the Supreme Court rules on the law’s constitutionality, our state should not spend millions of taxpayer dollars implementing Obamacare.

    Republican Party News
    The Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans (AFYR) elected   seven executive officers Saturday in Rogers at  their 2011 State Convention. Their team will help ensure we have boots on the ground to carry out an effective statewide operation to elect Republicans at  every level of government!

    Tags: Republican Party of Arkansas, RPA, Arkansas, unemployment, Governor, Mike Beebe, government executives, double dipping, Obamacare