It is certainly not a done deal. Doug Thompson's column today lays out the arguments being floated for and against a branch of the UA Medical School in
UAMS Chancellor Dodd Wilson provided perspective when he said the annual operating costs to train about 250 more students and residents annually were about the equivalent of two, maybe three, football coaches. UA Chancellor John White flashed a smug smile but gave no indication that he thought a medical school was as important as a well-paid coaching staff.
So, here is the Jonah Tebbetts Plan for funding a branch of the UAMS Medical School in Fayetteville: close the loopholes and repeal a few of the state sales tax exemptions of more than $600 million for special interests that are not nearly as important as better health care for all Arkansans. For example, here are some of the smaller tax giveaways, based on DF&A estimates in 2001 under a lower tax rate: automobiles purchased by rental car companies, $2,992,000; sale of billboard advertising, $488,000; and membership dues paid for the privilege of membership, $1,773,000. That's more than $5 million right there, and there are lots more of special interest tax exemptions that need to be repealed in the interest of fairness.
But, I don't think it will happen, because powerful lobbyists have more influence than the people, and they think their tax exemptions are more important than adequate health care or a
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Is UA Medical School in NWA a Priority?
Local legislators appropriated $3.1 million to hire initial staff and make renovations at the old
Washington Regional Medical for classrooms and training facilities, the first step in establishing a satellite facility affiliated with the Center medical school. We even have a vice chancellor in charge of the UAMS-Northwest operation. The plan is to train more doctors, pharmacists, and nurses and to hope they stay in University of Arkansas to provide quality health care. Arkansas