by Max Brantley
Unless Gov. Mike Beebe stands in the way, the scam by which chambers of commerce are increasingly getting taxpayers to pay for their operationsmay be about to go statewide.
Says here that a legislative committee signed off on sending $250,000 in surplus money to regional economic development efforts. Tax money to people like the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and related parties, in other words. Lack of public accountability on state money, in other words. Corporate welfare, in other words. Taxpayer support for paychecks of people who lobby against working people's interests, in other words.
The $250,000 tap of the state till is the first step on a slippery slope. The next logical step is a congressional appropriation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Makes just as much sense.