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Arkansas Panel Advances Bill Creating Medicaid Task Force

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2015 11:23 am

A House panel has advanced legislation that would create a task force to look at alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently enrolled in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.

Asa Hutchinson Shrinks the 'No' Caucus on Medicaid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2015 9:22 am

The "heck no" caucus on Arkansas' Medicaid expansion is turning into a very lonely place. Winning over a coalition of supporters of Arkansas' private option and lawmakers who were ushered into office on vows to kill it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson cleared a major hurdle in his plan to continue the program while looking at longer term changes.

Tax Cut, Medicaid Plan Near Resolution in Arkansas Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2015 9:20 am

Arkansas lawmakers are on the verge of resolving two of the biggest issues looming over this year's session, while an independent commission is taking the first step toward granting legislators and other elected officials substantial pay raises.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Board, Commission Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/30/2015 3:18 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the following appointments.

Brett Powell Named Director of the State Department of Higher Education

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/30/2015 3:09 pm

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday named Brett Powell the new director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Governor Names Amy Fecher Designee to Delta Regional Authority

by Associated Press 1/30/2015 1:53 pm

The state's director of rural services has been tapped to serve as Gov. Asa Hutchinson's designee and alternate to the Delta Regional Authority's board of governors.

Senate Votes to Continue 'Private Option,' Form Task Force

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 10:15 am

The Arkansas Senate has voted to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of low-income Arkansas residents receiving coverage through the program.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Plan for Medicaid Compromise

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 2:24 pm

Lawmakers have advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through 2016, rejecting an effort to abolish the program later this year.

2nd Proposal to End Private Option This Year Filed

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 7:28 am

A second proposal has been filed in the Legislature to end Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion this year, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers to continue the program through 2016.

Medicaid, Public Schools See Boosts in Hutchinson's Budget

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/27/2015 1:01 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing boosting funding for public schools, Medicaid and prisons and cuts to most other state agencies in his $5.2 billion budget for the coming year.

Arkansas House Panel Approves Governor's Tax Cut Plan

by Associated Press 1/27/2015 11:03 am

A House panel has advanced Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle class tax cut package after restoring a portion of a capital gains tax break it would have repealed.

Lawmakers Look at Keeping Part of 2013 Capital Gains Tax Cut

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 5:19 pm

Arkansas lawmakers may change Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle-class tax cut package to roll back its proposed repeal of $21 million capital gains tax break that lawmakers approved two years ago, the chairman of the House panel considering the measure said Monday.

Compassionate Conservatism (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered a fine speech Thursday when he finally shared his plans for the future of Arkansas’ unique — and successful — private option health insurance program.

Asa Hutchinson Walks Fine Line in Medicaid Speech (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/25/2015 10:25 am

Calling on lawmakers to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion alive through 2016 as he eyes a longer term health care plan, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is trying to take ownership of an issue where he's tried to tread carefully over the past two years.

HanesBrands to Expand in Clarksville, Add 120 Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2015 10:24 am

HanesBrands of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, says it will expand its manufacturing facility in Clarksville, spending $1.4 million on renovations and new equipment and adding 120 new jobs.

Democrats Praise Governor's Call to Continue Private Option

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 7:42 am

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is praising Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's call on lawmakers to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year.

16 Lawmakers, Surgeon General to Staff Medicaid Task Force

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 7:38 am

Legislation detailing the task force Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to create to review the future of health care in Arkansas calls for 16 lawmakers and the state surgeon general to serve on the panel.

Arkansas Senate OKs Tax Cuts, Partial Capital Gains Repeal

by Associated Press 1/22/2015 2:08 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved middle-class tax cuts funded in part with a repeal of a $21 million capital gains tax cut approved two years ago.

Hutchinson: Keep Private Option Through 2016, Have Task Force Find Reforms

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/22/2015 1:37 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling on lawmakers to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year as a task force looks at the future of health care in the state.

Arkansas Senate Committee Advances Asa Hutchinson's Tax Cut Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/21/2015 3:11 pm

The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday endorsed Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut income taxes 1 percent for those making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year. Hutchinson was sworn in last week and campaigned on the tax cut promise.