State Representative Marcus Richmond and Senator Terry Rice were on hand to speak at Waldron Mayor David Millard’s Community Coffee. The event is held monthly at Dalton’s Place.
Millard introduced both stating, “they do an awesome job for our area!”
District 21 Representative Marcus Richmond, who grew up in the area and attended Waldron Schools, admitted that although his military career took him all over the world, he wanted to come back home to Scott County. “When you drive down the road in this part of the country, people will wave at you…people are happy to see you! Here, God is still important and talked about in the community. That’s how I wanted to raise my kids,” stated Richmond.
Richmond went on to inform those in attendance about the legislative session, which he described as “significant.” One piece of legislation in particular was the highway funding bill. Richmond described the bill as a “good compromise.” The compromise included an increased fuel tax as well
Richmond also spoke on the internet sales tax, which he stated “leveled the playing field for local businesses.” He summed the session, stating that throughout this legislation period they were able to solve some problems. Yet, as he said, they continue to face others. One of those is healthcare for the elderly, children and disabled. “We’re changing rules in the middle of the game and it affects people who live here… To me,
Hometown Senator for District 9 and business man, Terry Rice, followed up
Additionally, Rice spoke about the homestead tax relief, and the four T’s, teacher pay, transportation, tax cut and transformation. Lastly, the push for rural broadband, and address issues with Arkansas Works.
“I hold government and officials accountable…we need to keep our promises.” stated Rice. “Our seniors need to be taken care of.”