Monday, July 28, 2008

Coody at Chamber of Commerce Forum

Dan Coody was in Washington today on a trip paid for by the Chamber of Commerce. According to David Chavern, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "The basic message was that there is a crises brewing and unless we want to go back to the days of dropping buckets down wells for water, we better mobilize every possible public and private investment source we have and deeply reinvest in our local water systems."

"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a large organization with a lot of issues on its plate," he explained. "We are fighting back against the trial lawyers, making the case for free trade and the protection of intellectual property and working hard to improve our capital markets (just to name a very few issues). But we view infrastructure issues generally, and water issues in particular, as some of the very largest challenges we face as a nation."

No one bothered to note that water usage is down about 1.3 million gallons per day for Beaver Water District (which provides water to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville) so far this year compared with 2007, and the revenue is down about $318,600 for the same period.

Nor was there any mention of which taxes should be raised by how much or the total cost of the investment the Coody and the Chamber want the taxpayers to pay for operations,construction, and cost overruns.

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