Beebe not Happy with Whirlpool; Talks Tax Cuts

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Gov. Mike Beebe isn’t happy with Whirlpool, believes some of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s federal budget plans could be “problematic and troublesome,” and is willing to put his tax-cutting credentials up against Republicans.

During a Monday morning (Aug. 13) interview with Roby Brock of Talk Business, Beebe also said his favorite Olympic sport is the men’s 400-meter relay. The Jamaican team took the gold in Saturday’s race, with the U.S. team capturing the silver.

“So, I was disappointed,” Beebe said.

He is also disappointed with execs at Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool Corp. The company in late 2011 announced it would close its refrigeration production plant in Fort Smith. The move resulted in about 1,000 lost jobs when the plant closed in June. However, Whirlpool, which employed more than 4,500 at the Fort Smith plant in 2006, moved production out of the plant for several years prior to the closing. Click here to read the full story from our partners at

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