Tagged: 89th general assembly

Arkansas House Panel Advances Cuts to Income Tax, Capital Gains

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/27/2013 07:25 am

Proposals to cut Arkansas' income and capital gains taxes won a House panel's support Tuesday, as legislative leaders say they're nearing agreement on a $100 million package of reductions.

Consultants, Nucor, Correnti Talk Big River Steel in 5-Hour Session

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 3/26/2013 07:16 am

A pair of outside consultants on Monday offered mixed reviews of Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to provide a company with $125 million in state financing to build a steel mill in the northeast part of the state.

Mike Beebe: No Opposition to In-State Tuition for Illegal Students

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 3/24/2013 03:15 pm

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe said he's not opposed to extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the U.S. illegally as children, despite concerns about it violating federal law.

Democrats' Race for Arkansas Governor in '14 Unsettled (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/24/2013 03:04 pm

Bill Halter and Mike Ross are moving closer toward what could be one of the biggest party fights ever for the state's top office.

Arkansas Highway Funding Bill Fails In House Committee

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/22/2013 08:10 am

A proposal to divert tax revenue from car sales in Arkansas to the state's highways failed before a House panel Thursday after finance officials and education advocates warned the move could threaten state services.

Arkansas House Panel Rejects School Choice Bill

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 3/22/2013 08:06 am

An Arkansas House committee on Thursday rejected a proposed rewrite of the state's school choice law, as lawmakers debated whether to delay changing the law until a federal appeals court rules on its constitutionality.

Big River Steel Report Says Officials Overestimated Benefits of Osceola Plant

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/21/2013 05:08 pm

Consultants hired by the Arkansas Legislature say economic development officials overestimated the long term benefits of a proposal to finance a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill and didn't consider uncertainties surrounding the project.

Small Business Bill Promises Millions of Investment; AEDC Sees 'Risk'

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 3/21/2013 07:25 am

An Arkansas House committee advanced a proposal Wednesday to establish a new economic development program aimed at driving private investment to small businesses in low-income areas.

State Senate Panel Rejects Private School Tax Credit Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/20/2013 04:58 pm

A proposal to offer tax breaks for donating to a scholarship fund that would allow low-income Arkansas students to attend private schools failed before a state Senate panel Wednesday.

Arkansas Legislature Approves Voter ID Requirement

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2013 04:55 pm

Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that would require voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot.

Update: New Estimates Released on Arkansas Medicaid Private Option

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 3/19/2013 07:05 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has released new cost estimates for a plan that would use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients.

Tax Cuts, Voter ID, Big River Steel on 'Arkansas Week'

by Lance Turner 3/18/2013 07:27 am

On "Arkansas Week," those $2 billion worth of looming tax cut bills Republicans are starting to run in the Legislature, more on the non-expansion expansion of Medicaid, voter ID, a bit on Big River Steel and battling budgets in Washington D.C.

Different Landscape for Tuition Bill (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/17/2013 05:22 pm

Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott and Republican Sen. Johnny Key haven't agreed on much during the first nine weeks of this legislative session, and have split on proposals to restrict abortions in Arkansas, voter ID requirements and competing bills to rewrite the state's school choice law.

Legislative Roundup: Lawmakers Set to Move Ahead With Steel Mill

by Mark Carter 3/15/2013 09:44 am

Arkansas lawmakers this week received reports from two consultants hired by the state to study the economic impact of the proposed $1 billion Big River Steel project in Mississippi County.

House Committee Approves Tax Cut for Farm Structures

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/14/2013 03:03 pm

Farmers wouldn't have to pay sales taxes on utilities for several types of structures under a $10 million exemption backed by a House panel Thursday, the first major tax reduction up for a vote by that chamber this session.

Arkansas Lawmakers Debate School Transfer Changes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/13/2013 04:41 pm

Removing race as the main factor in deciding whether a student can transfer to another school district in Arkansas would give parents more control on educational choices for their children, one lawmaker said Wednesday, but opponents warned the idea could lead to segregation.

The New York Times Looks at Jason Rapert's Abortion Legislation

by Lance Turner 3/12/2013 01:45 pm

In case you missed it, here's The New York Times taking a look on Monday at state Sen. Jason Rapert's abortion legislation, which the Arkansas Legislature approved six days ago.

Big River Steel Bills Ready for Next Step in Legislature

by Lance Turner 3/12/2013 11:40 am

Arkansas legislators by Monday had filed at least 10 bills dealing with state incentives for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel manufacturing plant proposed for a site near Osceola (Mississippi County).

Joyce Elliott Files In-State Tuition Proposal

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 3/11/2013 10:35 am

An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing extending in-state tuition rates to some students who entered the U.S. illegally.

Let the Scalping Begin (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/11/2013 12:00 am

Ticket scalpers are merely selling a luxury item for which demand has outstripped limited supply. No children need go hungry; no parents are trapped in a spiral of inescapable debt; no employment is threatened by lack of transportation.