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* HOW TO FIX THE BUDGET: BRING THE MONEY HOME: A new study shows, by state, how much money is lost to the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals. The study by US Pirg figures the offshore tax dodges cost Arkansas $478 million in 2012. That would close a lot of budget holes, expand Medicaid, expand prisons and leave some leftover. Here's a link to the full report.
* MCDANIEL SUES STANDARD AND POOR'S: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a separate suit against Standard and Poor's, the financial rating agency, for misleading investors about securities backed by subprime mortgates, assets that were at the core of the financial crisis. The federal government is also suing.
* SERVICES FOR DOYLE ROGERS: Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville has details on services for Doyle Rogers, the developer who died yesterday at 94. Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A funeral will be held at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.
* SHOW SOME LOVE VALENTINE'S DAY: JOIN 'VOICE OF THE PEOPLE': Following are details of a Feb. 14 event at the state Capitol, "Voice of the People," a gathering of groups that work for people in need, including those in prison.
Legislators and visitors to the State Capitol Rotunda on February 14, 2013 will be hearing “Voices of the People”, an opportunity to meet and greet dozens of citizen groups serving their community. One of the “voices” represented will be that of Compassion Works for All, a non-profit interfaith organization that supports personal and spiritual healing for those who have experienced trauma and isolation, including those in prison.
Community Radio station KABF 88.3 made a perfect choice in selecting Valentine’s Day for this event. Giving love to the community is a common theme among the disparate exhibitors present on Thursday the 14th. Civic leaders engaged in service will have information booths set up under the dome of the Rotunda and encourage their fellow citizens to stop by, learn about good works being done in Arkansas, and meet their State legislators in person. The day presents a unique opportunity for legislators 'to take the pulse' of their constituents with the objective 'to serve the common good'.
Compassion Works for All (CWFA) began publishing its 12-page monthly newsletter, Dharma Friends, nearly 20 years ago. The newsletter is an invaluable resource to some 4500 inmates in all 50 states, offering hope and guidance towards self-discovery, personal responsibility, and healing. The organization’s website, www.compassionworksforall.org, offers 200 guided meditation videos promoting mental health accessible to people of all ages and creeds around the world. Free meditation sessions take place regularly at local public libraries.
Come to the Capitol Rotunda on February 14th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to join in the celebration of community action and service.