Arkansas chamber standing on sideline of Medicaid debate
By Charlie Frago
Posted: January 20, 2013 at 3:35 a.m.
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Searcy Republican Jonathan Dismang, a member of the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, said he has yet to meet a small-business owner in his district who favors expansion. Instead, he said, they fear a future increase in state taxes when the federal aid recedes.
Covering up to 250,000 poor Arkansans by expanding Medicaid with federal help will make Arkansas more business friendly, especially for small companies, says Gov. Mike Beebe.