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The Week That Was, Feb. 10-16

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It was a GOOD week for...

GOV. MIKE BEEBE. He didn't even have to throw a fund-raiser to raise $1 million for his re-election campaign in the first month of trying. And he doesn't have an opponent yet, either.

The ARKANSAS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. It served notice that it wants to study removing Entergy Arkansas from an operating agreement with Entergy affiliates in other states. The current arrangement has cost Arkansas ratepayers billions.

PULASKI SHERIFF DOC HOLLADAY. He came up with a plan to hire six deputies to staff 75 more beds in the county jail.

The LEGISLATURE. So far, in the legislature's first fiscal session, funny business has been held to a minimum. Pro forma approval of a squeaky tight budget seems to be the order of the day.


It was a BAD week for …

SEN. JIMMY JEFFRESS. The Crossett senator won the annual sweepstakes, according to Democrat-Gazette figuring, for the most reimbursed legislator — $60,092, though his constitutional pay is $15,615. Several legislators also drew excessive travel reimbursements by billing for car mileage or private plane use to make conference trips that would have been much cheaper on coach airfares.

SCHOOL FUNDING. The revenue decline prompted a $36 million cut in the state school fund. Incentives for high-achieving school districts took a big hit.

The PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. It proposed to meet in private conference call with a consultant about questions over finalists to be the new superintendent. They can't do that. Legally.

CONWAY. The city will have to make $1.26 million in budget cuts because of a gross miscalculation of its cash reserve account.

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