PRESS RELEASE: Arkansas Jobs Held Hostage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, May 23, 2016

Contact: HL Moody

hlmoody@arkdems.org

Arkansas Jobs Held Hostage

LITTLE ROCK – Today, Vincent Insalaco, chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, released the following statement:

“In the past few days, Republican House Speaker Jeremy Gillam held good-paying Arkansas jobs hostage in North East Arkansas as part of a larger gubernatorial power grab. Democratic leadership helped bring Nucor Steel to Northeast Arkansas. Now, rather than doing all we can to enhance job opportunities for our fellow Arkansans, Speaker Gillam has said he will hold up job creation in order to give complete control of the people’s house to Governor Hutchinson.”

“To obtain complete control of both the History Commission and Governor’s Mansion Commission, Speaker Gillam threatened to derail a project that will enhance job creation in Northeast Arkansas. For decades, all-volunteer commissions have overseen both the History Commission and the Governor’s Mansion, in part to shield efforts to preserve Arkansas’s heritage from extravagant spending scandals and political power plays.”

“It is very disheartening that Speaker Gillam thinks funding Pre-K is irresponsible but spending 1.5 million on the governor’s mansion is worth sacrificing economic development in Northeast Arkansas. As Speaker of the House, Jeremy Gillam’s job is to serve the people of Arkansas, not be party to power grabs made by the governor.”

 

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Arkansas Times: Monday, May 23, 2016