100 YEARS AGO
March 21, 1917
■ All appropriation bills in the hands of house and Senate enrolling committees were rushed to completion yesterday preliminary to the meeting of department heads called by the governor for Thursday morning to consider cutting appropriations. The governor has withheld action on all except deficiency appropriations. Clerks are preparing statements to show the gross income of the state, as well as the appropriation totals.
50 YEARS AGO
March 21, 1967
■ Nursing homes will receive $20 a month more from the Welfare Department for each welfare client in their care, Governor Rockefeller said Monday. The increase is retroactive to February 1 and has been made possible by pulling $100,000 out of the Welfare Department’s emergency relief fund, he said. Mr. Rockefeller said that the action was taken on the assumption that the legislature on its return Monday will replenish the funds by passing House Bill 701. “According to Welfare Department officials, if the General Assembly fails to pass HB 701, as amended to replace these funds, $10 of the $20 increase will, of necessity, have to be rescinded,” Mr. Rockefeller said. 25 YEARS AGO
March 21, 1992
■ While North Little Rock holds a carnival to promote downtown today at Kroger’s Broadway parking lot, one of the city’s potential mayoral candidates will be soliciting support for a municipal complex at the site. Friday, Steve Goss showed a reporter his rendition of the new municipal complex he says is desperately needed to consolidate city services. Goss’ wife, Janice, drew the plans.
10 YEARS AGO
March 21, 2007
■ Advocates for victims of domestic violence hope state lawmakers will set aside money for shelters and other programs this session, but opposition is building to a proposal to get some of that funding from higher taxes on liquor and wine. Sen. Hank Wilkins, D-Pine Bluff, said he’ll ask the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee today to recommend an extra 5 percent tax on liquor and wine sold in stores and at restaurants and bars. Retailers and the restaurant industry say they’ll urge the committee to vote against Wilkins’ Senate Bill 795, which they say would drive up already high taxes, especially on drinks served at restaurants and bars.