General Improvement Fund

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Pet projects strike outbe "distinctly stated." Yet the more stubborn members of the legislative branch
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 6 days ago
be "distinctly stated." Yet the more stubborn members of the legislative branch have insisted on setting up what are called General Improvement Funds whose principal object would seem to be improving only their own political status. Since these... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Fix for a broken programin Pike County as I passed through Saturday afternoon ... it was taking place a
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 7 days ago
in Pike County as I passed through Saturday afternoon ... it was taking place at the community center, built with state General Improvement Fund money. Volunteer fire department buildings, aided by state GIF money, were among the nicest... Read more
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Arkansas Business
Gravy Train Stops Here (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)General Improvement Fund — such a vaguely affirmative name for something that t
Arkansas Business / Posted 9 days ago
General Improvement Fund — such a vaguely affirmative name for something that turned out to be so specifically destructive. And despite the Legislature’s determination to perpetuate a cookie jar so tempting that it turned (at least) one colleague... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Grants ruling draws reactionthe high court's Thursday ruling. In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court s
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 10 days ago
the high court's Thursday ruling. In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court said lawmakers' 2015 appropriations acts for General Improvement Fund, or GIF, grants to a central Arkansas development nonprofit violated the Arkansas Constitution.... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
MASTERSON ONLINE: Day late, dollar shortTechnology, Sanitation and Road Construction Inc.”—then have a legislator frien
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 10 days ago
Technology, Sanitation and Road Construction Inc.”—then have a legislator friend push through one of the state’s $40,000 General Improvement Fund grants, I could have paid cash for a loaded 2018 vehicle. After kicking back a portion to my cohort... Read more
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5News Ft. Smith-Fayetteville
Arkansas Supreme Court Rules GIF Dollars Unconstitutionalreturned its decision as scrutiny continues to heighten around state lawmakers
5News Ft. Smith-Fayetteville / Posted 11 days ago
returned its decision as scrutiny continues to heighten around state lawmakers and their handling of so-called GIF, or General Improvement Funds. Already, former State Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, and former Rep. Micah Neal, R-Springdale, were... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
State pet-projects grants ruled illegalstated." Wilson's latest lawsuit, in particular, took issue with appropriation
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 11 days ago
stated." Wilson's latest lawsuit, in particular, took issue with appropriation laws that awarded "grants" from the surplus General Improvement Fund to the nonprofit Central Arkansas Planning and Development District in Lonoke. The money went to... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Easy moneyoperation, just as the law requires, it sent out its first mailing seeking thou
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 13 days ago
operation, just as the law requires, it sent out its first mailing seeking thousands of dollars in what are called General Improvement Funds but that in effect improve only its own balance sheet. While not at all improving the reputations... Read more
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5News Ft. Smith-Fayetteville
Fayetteville Council To Provide Funding For Possible TV Seriesanother line item in the city's letter offer to the producer of the television
5News Ft. Smith-Fayetteville / Posted 14 days ago
another line item in the city's letter offer to the producer of the television series. The money would come from the city's general improvement fund and would only go to the studio if Fayetteville becomes the location for the show. According to... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Launder and squandertrue that we probably need to make petty looting of the state treasury a little
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 14 days ago
true that we probably need to make petty looting of the state treasury a little less easy and more imaginative. The General Improvement Fund is the pot of state surplus collections that has been used in part in recent years--though not the... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Days-old firm won state grantor health. Yet 15 days after incorporation, Arkansas Health and Economic Resea
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 16 days ago
or health. Yet 15 days after incorporation, Arkansas Health and Economic Research received word that it had won a General Improvement Fund grant from the state, backed by a single lawmaker, for $20,000. And that was just the first... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Accused in grants case say innocentarraignment, with all signing waivers allowing their attorneys to speak for the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 19 days ago
arraignment, with all signing waivers allowing their attorneys to speak for them. The case involves grants from the state General Improvement Fund, which is controlled by legislators. The fund consists of state tax money left unallocated at the... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
state senator, 2 others plead not guilty to revised charges in case involving state grantsto commit fraud. The trio is accused in a federal indictment of participating
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 20 days ago
to commit fraud. The trio is accused in a federal indictment of participating in a scheme involving grants from Arkansas' General Improvement Fund, the newspaper reported. According to the indictment cited by the newspaper, the U.S. Justice... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Lobbyist got part of fees paid by bondsmenRusty Cranford has been in the news as "Businessman A" in a federal indictment
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 29 days ago
Rusty Cranford has been in the news as "Businessman A" in a federal indictment alleging kickbacks involving grants from the General Improvement Fund. Cranford, who has not been charged with any crime or named in indictments, incorporated a company... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Conspiracy count added for 3 indictees in grants casecount of money laundering in connection with the purchase of a cashier's check.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 1 months ago
count of money laundering in connection with the purchase of a cashier's check. The case involves grants from the state General Improvement Fund, which is controlled by legislators. The Justice Department alleges that Paris paid Woods and former... Read more

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