Saturday, December 10, 2005

CP Opposes Referred Questions 1 & 2

Bond Votes Grant More Spending Privileges Than Backers Imply--
Dec 8, 2005; The Constitution Party of Arkansas today announced its opposition to both bond measures being decided in the December 13th statewide special election...
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Blogger Jason Sheppard said...

Bond Votes Grant More Spending Privileges Than Backers Imply--

Dec 8, 2005; The Constitution Party of Arkansas today announced its opposition to both bond measures being decided in the December 13th statewide special election.The Party’s executive committee voted to approve a resolution encouraging its members and other Arkansans to vote against Referred Questions 1 and 2.

CP-Arkansas’ chairman, Jason Sheppard, notes that wording in the highway bond proposal would establish a revolving line of credit for government spenders. "No matter what your opinion on state-backed bonds, no one should support the proposed highway bond. It’s not a question of whether the bond should be issued, but whether the bond should be issued again, and again, and again-indefinitely, without further approval by the voters."

Sheppard believes that the enactment of the highway bond as proposed would violate Amendment 20 of the State Constitution. "Amendment 20 was established to give voters control over the issuance of bonds that are backed by the full faith and credit of the State of Arkansas, and this bond proposal is clearly an end-run around this right of Arkansas taxpayers." Sheppard compares passage of the bond measure to handing over a credit card to bureaucrats. "We would promise to pay the balance, and we would be sending them away with an annually renewable multi-hundred million dollar line of credit."

Sheppard also explains the Party’s opposition to the higher education bond, noting that nearly half of the money would be used solely to make payments on a previous higher education bond issued in 1989. “We still have 11 years left to pay on the last bond issued for higher education. The spenders can’t wait that long, and they don’t know the meaning of the word ‘save’-so they now have their eyes on our grandchildren’s money,” Sheppard said, noting that approval of the new bond proposal would extend payments until the year 2031. “I don’t believe we should saddle future generations with that debt,” he added.

The Constitution Party of Arkansas also addressed the tactic of holding special elections to slip in unpopular spending measures. "It’s a waste of money to rush these types of issues to vote in expensive special elections, and it’s often done to give voters the least amount of time to prepare or discuss such issues," said Sheppard. "However, Amendment 20 explicitly allows for bonds to be approved in both general and special elections, so there may not be an easy legislative fix here. As always, the best solution is to elect people who won’t try such shenanigans."


The text of the Highway bond proposal can be found here:

The text of the Higher Education bond proposal can be found here:

Note: The Higher Education bond proposal grants the issuance of bonds in accordance with the Arkansas Higher Education Technology and Facility Improvement Act of 2005 (Act 1282), the text of which can be found here:

Read up on the proposals, then spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers. “Vote ‘NO’ on Referred Questions 1 & 2”

9:13 PM, December 10, 2005  
Blogger Jason Sheppard said...

Whew! Posting a thread on here is a bit tedious. Apologies for any resulting typos...

Nonetheless, thanks, Mark, for inviting me on this blog!

9:17 PM, December 10, 2005  
Anonymous mark m said...

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10:44 PM, December 10, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

You are welcome, there is some good info here....

10:45 PM, December 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is Jim Holt's Position on Ballot question #2

6:57 AM, December 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard he is voting against it too.

8:18 PM, December 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where did you hear that

11:03 AM, December 13, 2005  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Way to go, Arkansas Constitution Party! You were the only people I heard who publicly opposed Referred Question #2 as well as #1.

And the margin was so close, it looks like it might have made all the difference, too!

7:57 AM, December 14, 2005  
Blogger Jason Sheppard said...

Thanks, mr. toast. I don't want to count my chickens before the fat lady sings, but it looks like you're right.

I had some friends who actively worked to get the Higher Education Bond passed. I hope they understand my party's opposition even if they disagree.

8:46 AM, December 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holt was personally opposed to #2, but did not want to come out against it openly because it was NOT unconstitutional like #1, he just did not agree with it. He DID advise his friends in NWA what his vote was going to be, since many kept calling and asking.

By Monday, the word was out among the NWA conservatives. He had a radio interview in Fort Smith that day and the host flat out asked him "Why do you oppose both of these bond issues" and Jim told him.

That is my understanding of events.

6:43 PM, December 15, 2005  
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