Tagged: asa hutchinson

Hutchinson's Tax Cut Pitch A Campaign Preview (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/19/2018 7:05 am

It was billed as a State of the State address, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson's speech to lawmakers last week felt more like a kick-off for his re-election bid and a preview of the Republican's legislative agenda for a hoped-for second term.

Medicaid Plan's Fate Uncertain as Arkansas Lawmakers Convene

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2018 7:04 am

Arkansas' governor and legislative leaders hope to stay focused on the next state budget when they convene this week, but uncertainty looms about whether there will be enough support to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive for another year.

State to Run Youth Lockups For Another Year

by Benjamin Hardy, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 2/7/2018 3:31 pm

A plan to reprivatize seven secure facilities housing delinquent youths has been pushed back by at least a year, the head of the Division of Youth Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Monday.

Highway Commission Drops Plan for Road Funding Measure This Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/7/2018 9:25 am

The Arkansas Highway Commission on Tuesday voted to drop an effort to put a road funding plan on the November ballot and instead will try again with a proposal it will advocate to lawmakers next year.

Jake Files' Fall Could Imperil Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/5/2018 7:32 am

An Arkansas lawmaker's guilty plea for pocketing thousands of state dollars intended for a sports complex created a black eye for the Capitol, but it may have caused an even bigger obstacle for supporters of a hybrid Medicaid expansion that already faced an uncertain future.

Hutchinson Makes Appointments to SAU, Tech Boards of Trustees (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson appoints Monty Harrington to the Southern Arkansas University board of trustees and Stephanie Duffield to the Arkansas Tech University board.

Arkansas Governor Reports Nearly $65,000 in Trips Accepted

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2018 7:34 am

Arkansas' governor reported Wednesday that he and his wife accepted nearly $65,000 in trips from groups last year, with more than half coming from a nonprofit foundation that paid for three international trade missions.

Sun Paper Gets Bigger: Now $1.8B, Plant to Employ 350

by Lance Turner 1/30/2018 2:53 pm

Shandong Sun Paper Industry says it will pile an additional $500 million and 100 jobs into its planned Sun Bio Products plant in Clark County. The company said the plant will now make linerboard, which is one of two types of paper that make up corrugated board.

Cooler Heads (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/29/2018 12:00 am

Where NAFTA can be improved, it should be improved, but scrapping the pact in its entirety would create real economic pain in Arkansas.

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Appears Doomed In Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 1/29/2018 12:00 am

After putting nearly nine years and more than $100 million of investors’ money into a $2.5 billion power transmission project across Oklahoma and Arkansas, the electric dream of Michael Skelly has shorted out.

Arkansas Governor Reports $2M in Bank for Re-Election Bid

by Associated Press 1/16/2018 11:27 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's campaign says it has more than $2 million in the bank as the Republican ramps up his re-election campaign.

Hutchinson's Budget Preview of Campaign Message (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/15/2018 7:17 am

With a vow to set aside money for tax cuts and a call for colleges to halt tuition increases, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $5.6 billion budget proposal is a preview of the campaign message he'll offer as he seeks a second term.

Medicaid Work Mandate Will Create Uncertainty in Some States

by Andrew DeMillo and Gretchen Ehlke, The Associated Press 1/15/2018 7:12 am

Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through Medicaid.

PSC Acts Quickly, Pushing Utilities to Pass On Tax Savings

by Kyle Massey 1/12/2018 3:12 pm

The Arkansas Public Service Commission, acting on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request, begins proceedings to determine how the utilities might pass tax savings to ratepayers.

Hutchinson Floats $5.6B Budget, Asks Colleges to Freeze Tuition

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/9/2018 1:26 pm

Arkansas' governor proposed a $5.6 billion budget on Tuesday that increases funding for the state's Medicaid program while setting aside surplus money for future tax cuts and highway needs, and the Republican asked the state's four-year colleges and universities to freeze tuition rates for in-state residents.

Medicaid to Dominate Arkansas Budget Talks (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/8/2018 7:00 am

When Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveils his proposed 2018-19 budget this week, most of the attention will be on the state's Medicaid program and the future of the hybrid expansion that's provided coverage to thousands of low-income residents over the past few years.

UAMS Shakes Up Conway Hospital Rivalry

by Mark Friedman 1/8/2018 12:00 am

Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway has relied on doctors from UAMS to provide certain services. Since UAMS is a taxpayer-supported teaching hospital, Conway Regional Health System sees this as unfair competition.

Asa Hutchinson: Medicaid Rolls Dropped by 117K Last Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/4/2018 3:03 pm

Arkansas' governor is touting an 11 percent drop in the state's Medicaid rolls over the past year as he faces another potential fight in keeping the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive another year.

Update: Asa Hutchinson, Others React to DOJ Policy Change on Marijuana

by Lance Turner 1/4/2018 2:47 pm

The news may have some in Arkansas' burgeoning medical marijuana industry — and the employers who are trying to get handle on how the industry affects the workplace — wondering how it might affect them.

Governor Names Robert Ator II to Lead AEDC Military Affairs

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/3/2018 11:01 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says that retired Col. Robert Ator II has been hired as the Arkansas Economic Development Commission director of military affairs, effective Jan. 9.