Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hooton: No Time for a Vacation (UPDATE)

The Tolbert Report is pleased to announce a new contributor, Brett Hooton. With the legislature in session and tax season for me (I am a CPA), I appreciate the assistance and look forward to his viewpoints. Brett is no stranger to politics. He is a former candidate for state representative, has a degree in both Economics and Political Science, and currently works full-time in Power Transmission Planning.

The Arkansas Senate yesterday sent to the House a resolution to recess until Wednesday. The House plans to vote today to recess through Wednesday for Obama's inauguration. With as much work as the House leaders have claimed they have (lottery, trauma center and health care, economy, etc.), with the session being limited in time, and with the uncertain economic times we're currently in, it is important that the Arkansas House not take a vacation on their 2nd week of work. I applaud the legislature in 2000 and 2004 for continuing to work for Arkansans during both of Bush's inaugurations. Arkansans need our government working for us, not taking a break the second week they're on the job.

UPDATE - In a mostly party line vote, the House approved the Senate's resoluation to recess 69 to 22. Although it appears from reading the bill, that this only applied to the Senate. No word yet if the House plans to recess as well.

UPDATE II - Rep. Greenberg, fellow blog contributor on the self proclaimed "Supreme Allied Commander, Arkansas Blogosphere" (or as we will now refer to him SACAB) David Kinkade's the Arkansas Project, weighs in on how it all went down.

6 comments:

Breanne said...

I completely agree. Vacation on the taxpayers' dime, costing the state thousands a day...gotta love government. They should be working so they don't have to ask for extensions at the end of session, which will only cost us more money.

David Kinkade said...

"Sister site"? The Arkansas Project never agreed to that. I'm having my attorney type up a cease and desist letter right away. Besides, it sounds totally queer.
D.

Jason Tolbert, CPA said...

In an effort to avoid litigation from the corporate offices of Kinkade and Kompany, I am modifying the reference to his site, the Arkansas Project, to our “funny uncle site.”

There is that better, Kinkade?

David Kinkade said...

"Funny uncle"? Well, I can hardly see how that's an improvement. That just makes me sound like some weird pervert.
D.

Jason Tolbert, CPA said...

Ok, so you pick the title...

David Kinkade said...

"Supreme Allied Commander, Arkansas Blogosphere." Yeah, I likes the sound of that...
D.