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Bill Halter

At the heart of Bill Halter’s campaign for governor of Arkansas is his progressive proposal to pay for college for every eligible high school student in the state.

21st Century Democrats endorses Halter and his groundbreaking scholarship plan, Arkansas Promise, which should be used as a model across the country.

The Halter program would ensure that any Arkansas high school student with a 2.5 GPA would be able to attend college in state with all tuition paid. Funded by a combination of lottery scholarships, philanthropic support, federal grant assistance and the Arkansas Promise, the plan would not raise taxes or increase state spending.

21st Century Democrats, as well as progressives in Arkansas and across the country, most recently supported Halter in the 2010 Senate primary against the incumbent, conservative Democrat Blanche Lincoln, who went on to lose the seat to Republican John Boozman.

halter4Progressive Credentials:  Halter’s progressive track record includes championing health care reform, spearheading a free clinic, supporting a minimum wage increase, working for student loan reform, advocating for clean energy and leading on gay rights.

Halter served in the Clinton administration beginning in 1993, working to help trim bureaucratic waste with the Office of Management and Budget. During his six years at OMB, the government’s $290 billion budget deficit turned into a $125 billion surplus, and the United States saw its first balanced budget in 40 years.

President Bill Clinton appointed Halter, a fellow Rhodes Scholar, as deputy commissioner of Social Security in 1999. Halter also served the U.S. Congress as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee and as chief economist for the Senate Finance Committee.

Why We Like Him:  He’s a fighter.  From leading opposition to the anti-gay marriage amendment that passed in Arkansas in 2004, to challenging conservative Democrat Blanche Lincoln in the 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, it’s clear Halter isn’t afraid to take on tough battles.

Candidate Quote:  “If you wouldn’t hire a football coach who doesn’t aspire to winning the national championship and have a plan to do so, then why would you hire a chief executive officer of the state who doesn’t aspire to help make Arkansas the best state in America and have a plan to make it happen?”

Candidate Sites:  To learn more about Bill Halter, visit his website, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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