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Tax question causes controversy in Conway

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Here's something you don't see every day: a Democratic and Republican Congressman uniting on a tax issue.

Conway officials met with Congressmen Tim Griffin and Mike Ross on a proposal to raise the state's severance tax on natural gas.

This is a hot button issue, with some taking shots. Mayors, councilmen and residents all met at the Conway Chamber of Commerce, all oppose raising that tax. They're afraid it will cause gas companies to pull up stakes and go elsewhere; taking with them jobs and business. But tax supporters say that's hog wash.

Congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle -- Republican Tim Griffin and Democrat Mike Ross -- sit on the same side of the table on this issue.

"In tough economic times an unnecessary tax increase is the last things Arkansans need," says Ross.

Ross to lead Conway Chamber energy discussion, proposed tax increase

Ross to lead Conway Chamber energy discussion, proposed tax increase

WHO:     U.S. Congressman Mike Ross; Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce leadership, El Dorado Chamber of Commerce leadership, local elected officials and business leaders.

WHAT:   U.S.

Governor appoints 35 to boards, commissions

Governor appoints 35 to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Stephen Ballard, Benton, to the Burial Association Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replaces Ben Brazzel.

Dr. Joseph Beck, Fayetteville, to the Oversight Committee on Breast Cancer Research. Appointment expires January 1, 2016. Replaces Dr. Malcolm Hayward.

The Honorable Larry Bryant, Forrest City, to the Arkansas Service Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2015. Replaces the Honorable Robert Taylor.

Teresa Bullock, Bryant, to the Public Health Advisory Board. Appointee serves at the will of the governor. Replaces Sandra Lancaster.

Bobby Burns, Beebe, to the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Appointment expires June 1, 2013. Replaces Garland Camper.

Matt Cashion, Little Rock, reappointed to the Information Network of Arkansas. Appointment expires December 31, 2014.

Big night, big benefit for homeless shelter

Big night, big benefit for homeless shelter

Big night, big benefit, Bethlehem House recently held their Fourth Political Pie (and Cake) Auction. Politicians and supporters were invited to bid on pies and cakes in exchange for 90 seconds of talk time to cover their topic of choice.

Among the crowd was Judge Mike Maggio (who is not currently running for office). Maggio said, “I am here tonight to support Bethlehem House. After supporting them for years with time and donations of goods, food and money, I want to see them get anything they need. I make it a point to attend every Pie Auction whether or not I’m up for election. Tonight, we are here to help raise funds to build a new shelter, which is critical.” 

One of the most significant speeches of the night was from an individual who has been a recipient of the services offered at Bethlehem House.  He spoke about how the shelter has helped him rebuild his life and finances after a battle with cancer took so much from him.

Governor appoints 32 to boards, commissions

Governor appoints 32 to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Billy "Scott" Berna, Fayetteville, to the Burial Association Board.  Appointment expires December 31, 2016.  Replaces Donald Martin.

Steve Case, Batesville, reappointed to the Boiler Advisory Board.  Appointment expires January 14, 2016.

John Chambers III, Danville, reappointed to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires January 14, 2016.

Robert Coon, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas Service Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2015.

Fred Fowlkes, Vilonia, to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2019.  Replaces Alec Farmer.

Georgette Garner, Eureka Springs, reappointed to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2018.

UCA to Host Arkansas Political Science Association Annual Meeting

UCA to Host Arkansas Political Science Association Annual Meeting

CONWAY -- The UCA Political Science Department is sponsoring the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association on Feb. 24 -25.

The event begins at noon on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.  The meeting will draw approximately 100 political scientists and students from Arkansas and surrounding states.

Participants will discuss a variety of topics including the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, the Arkansas court system and judicial decision-making, the causes of the Middle Eastern Revolutions, education policy and civic education.

Charles Bullock, a political scientist from the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia will be the keynote speaker on Friday, Feb. 24. Dr. Bullock is a highly respected and well-known political science professor and author on Southern politics. Faulkner County Judge, Preston Scroggin will speak to conference participants on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Chamber opposes tax with road trip

Chamber opposes tax with road trip

Conway Chamber to go on 250 mile Economic Development Road Trip Opposing Severance Tax Increase

What:   Conway Area Chamber Leadership, Mayor Tab Townsell and Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin will visit six Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations throughout Arkansas gathering resolutions opposing the proposed increase to the severance tax on natural gas.

When: Wednesday, February 1 – 6:00 a - 6:00 p

Where: Stops included: Conway, Searcy, Clinton, Damascus, Morrilton, Russellville, Fort Smith

Who:     -      Mayor Tab Townsell, City of Conway