One rule a legislator must never forget is that every dime that is spent is YOUR money.
As recently as 2007, Arkansas had over $1 BILLION in budget surpluses. Over the past three years with a Democratic Governor and Legislature, the $1 BILLION budget surplus has been SPENT. On top of that, we have had to cut about $200 million from the budget.
A recent study found out that: "Arkansas ranks 12th among states in its debt growth! Arkansas state and local debt works out to an astonishing $4305 owed for every man, woman and child in the state."
I promise to look for ways to cut wasteful spending and build a reasonable surplus back.
In addition: "The Murphy Commission was shocked to find that the state government's employees grew by 228% from 1965 to 1998. Yet from 1998 to 2007 the state government has grown by an additional 171% in one-third of the time."
We have to curb the growth of government. Arkansas taxpayers can't afford a bloated state government.