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No Easy Options for Arkansas' Long-Term Road Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

No Easy Options for Arkansas' Long-Term Road Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

The biggest criticism of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to raise nearly $50 million for highways is that it doesn't address the long-term needs for Arkansas' roads. But when you look at the options for closing that larger funding gap, it's easy to see why the governor punted.
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Asa Hutchinson Names AJ Gary New ADEM Director

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday named A.J. Gary, the former chief of police for the Conway Police Department, as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.
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Hutchinson Names 2, Promotes 2 at Arkansas Racing Commission

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named two people to the Arkansas Racing Commission and moved two others into leadership roles with the panel.
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'A Good Graphic' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

A couple of weeks ago, I opined in this space that our Legislature should just raise the blankety-blank fuel tax to pay for the highway construction and maintenance that Arkansans need and want. Last week, I ranted about the use and misuse of data, including by “the media” (my favorite monolith). This week, thanks to our friends on the editorial page at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, I'm going to pull both of those topics together. read more >

2 Banks Join Arkansas Business' Largest Private Companies List

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $34.2 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up more than 4 percent in a year. read more >

Arkansas Democrats Dropping Jefferson, Jackson From Dinner

The Arkansas Democratic Party is joining a list of states dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson's names from their biggest annual fundraiser and has formed a committee to come up with a new name. read more >

UAMS Announces $1.6M in Grants From USDA

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $1.6 million in grants for simulation programs targeting improved health care in the Arkansas Delta. read more >

5 Arkansas Counties to Receive New Voting Equipment

Five Arkansas counties will receive new voting equipment ahead of the general election this fall. read more >

5 Companies Given Global Trade Awards, Trans-Pacific Partnership Touted

Esterline Defense Technologies, CAT Squared, RH Preyda, Cobb-Vantress Inc. and Rock Town Distillery Inc. were recognized at an annual luncheon Tuesday. read more >

4 Insurers Propose Rate Increases of at Least 10 Percent

Four of the five insurers offering policies on Arkansas' insurance marketplace next year under the federal health law have proposed rate increases of at least 10 percent. The state has until Aug. 23 to approve rates for next year. read more >

Be Pro Be Proud Initiative Receives $80K in Investments

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas announced Tuesday its acceptance of a $50,000 investment from the Gene Haas Foundation and a $30,000 investment from Tyson Foods Inc. read more >

Asa Hutchinson III Arrested at Alabama Music Festival

Police in coastal Alabama say the son of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was arrested on drug charges at The Hangout music festival. read more >

Hutchinson Signs Highway Plan Into Law

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law his plan to raise nearly $50 million for highways in the coming year by tapping into the state's surplus, investment returns and other funds. read more >

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