The money is starting to come in. Gov. Mike Beebe no longer seems concerned about new federal mandates hidden in the federal stimulus money. It will go for one-time use, he says.

The decision to use stimulus money, rather than state surplus, to shore up Medicaid doesn’t exactly seem a one-time sort of expenditure to me. What happens next year? We might miss that grocery tax money, but, of course, we’ll have lots more to replace it courtesy of tobacco users

The article quotes Beebe on something I’d discovered talking to grocery store sackers and checkers last weekend. There’s a widespread misunderstanding that individual checks are in the offing in the spending program. Not.