President Clinton Has Delivered on His PromisesMaking Arkansas a Better Place to Live and Work. President Clinton has been a leader on the issues the people of Arkansas care about. President Clinton has delivered:
A Growing Economy: Unemployment in Arkansas has dropped from 6.7% to 4.6%. Our nation has the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation, and mortgage rates since 1968. Consumer confidence is at its highest level in six years, real wages are rising for the first time in a decade, and homeownership is at a 15-year high. New Jobs, Better Wages: 112,200 new jobs created in 43 months in Arkansas under President Clinton -- more than during the previous four years; 10.5 million new jobs have been created nationally. Over the next two years, 144,000 workers in Arkansas will benefit from the minimum wage increase. Stronger Families: The Family and Medical Leave Act protects 344,000 workers in Arkansasallowing them to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a sick family member without fear of losing their jobs. Teen pregnancy is falling, the poverty rate is decreasing, and the number of people on welfare is declining. In Arkansas alone, 16,992 fewer people are on welfare and 12,852 fewer are on food stamps.In addition, tougher child support enforcement collects nearly $22 million more -- an increase of 31% since FY 1992. Increased Access to Education: 139,200 students in Arizona can benefit from the Presidents reformed student loan program. 9,244 students benefited from Head Start funding in 1995. In 1993-1996, Arkansas will receive $8,146,008 to fund the Goals 2000 program, which seeks to increase academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. Cut the Deficit in Half: Reducing the burden of national debt for every Arkansas family of four by $15,000. A Tax Cut: By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, the President cut taxes for 203,000 working families in Arkansas and 15 million working families nationwide. President Clinton provided over 12,238 Arkansas small businesses with a tax cut this year by expanding the annual expensing allowance from $10,000 to $17,500. Pension and Health Care Coverage: Because President Clinton signed the Retirement Savings and Security Act, 96,000 workers in Arkansas for small businesses will be offered expanded opportunity for pension coverage. In Arkansas, as many as 191,000 in families with a worker who changed, lost or left a job with health insurance will be guaranteed continued access to health insurance under the Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Bill which President Clinton fought for and signed into law. Safer Streets and Communities: The Presidents Crime Bill adds 565 police officers to Arkansas' streets. Three Strikes and Youre Out, the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, and community policing are working. Our nations crime rate is down. The number of murders reported has dropped 8%one of the largest drops in three decades. In Arkansas, the crime rate dropped 1.48% during the first three years of the Clinton Administration. The state received over $1.3 million to combat domestic violence as a result of the Violence Against Women Act. Renewed Growth in Key Industries: After a decade of enormous job losses in construction, manufacturing, and autos, these industries have made a remarkable recoverymore than one million new jobs created under this Administration.
Fighting for a Balanced Budget That Reflects Our Values: Now we are fighting for a balanced budget that will lift the burden of debt off our children and reflect American valuesa balanced budget that:
Honors our commitment to give Americas seniors the health care they deserve. Protects investment in our young peoples futuresHead Start, access to college. Protects Americas clean water and air, national parks, and our public health. Preserves tax fairness for Americas working families.
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