Tagged: asa hutchinson

Arkansas Tax Cut Plan Sets Stage for '19 Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/29/2017 12:53 pm

A common tactic used by Asa Hutchinson assured passage of his $50 million tax cut proposal, but also guarantees that a bigger fight and tougher choices await those sent to the Capitol for the 2019 session.

House Committee Approves Tax Break for Retired Veterans

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 1/27/2017 7:31 am

A state House committee approved a bill Thursday that would cut taxes for military veterans who retire in Arkansas, despite concerns among some of its members that students who buy textbooks electronically would be among those paying part of the $13 million price tag.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Ban of Common Abortion Procedure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/26/2017 2:35 pm

Arkansas' governor on Thursday approved a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure - restrictions that are expected to face a legal challenge.

Education Savings Accounts Bill Draws Skepticism from Superintendents, Governor

by Ibby Caputo, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 1/26/2017 11:44 am

A bill that would establish education savings accounts in Arkansas is breaking new ground in school choice legislation, according to its sponsor. But critics say it could pose major fiscal problems for Arkansas if passed in its current form.

House Panel Approves Plan to Reinstate Arkansas Voter ID

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/26/2017 7:04 am

A House panel sought Wednesday to reinstate Arkansas' voter ID law, and expanded Republican majorities in the Legislature could help it survive yet another court challenge like the one that struck down a nearly identical plan more than two years ago.

Lawmakers Approve Governor's $50M Tax Cut

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/23/2017 2:23 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million low-income tax cut plan, setting the stage for a debate over deeper tax reductions the Republican has vowed to champion in two years.

Hutchinson: Arkansas 'Ready to Go' on ACA Repeal But Concerned About Trade Tax

by Lance Turner 1/20/2017 9:03 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson appears on CNBC's "Squawk Box" to talk about the appeal of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act and the incoming Trump administration's trade plans.

Arkansas Lawmakers Give Final OK to Medical Pot Launch Delay

by Associated Press 1/19/2017 3:34 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given their final approval to legislation delaying the launch of the state's voter-approved medical marijuana program.

Video: Daisy To Expand Rogers Plant, Create 25 Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2017 12:41 pm

Gamo Outdoor USA and Daisy Outdoor Products, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, announced on Wednesday plans to expand the Daisy plant in Rogers and create 25 jobs over the next two years.

Asa Hutchinson Vows to Seek Deeper Tax Cuts in 2 Years

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2017 10:52 am

An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million proposal to cut income taxes for more than 600,000 low-income residents.

Indictment May Hasten Demise of Arkansas Pork (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/16/2017 6:54 am

A former Arkansas lawmaker's admission to arranging kickbacks from government money earmarked for economic development may help hasten the demise of the fund, once considered a hallmark of legislative politics in the state.

Re-examining New Avenues to the Arkansas Supreme Court

by Mark Friedman 1/16/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Bar Association said last week that it isn’t looking at another proposed state constitutional amendment creating a system in which state Supreme Court justices would be appointed rather than elected.

Arkansas Lawmakers Say They'll Move Quickly on Tax Cut

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/12/2017 3:44 pm

Top Arkansas lawmakers say they'll move quickly on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed $50 million tax cut for low-income residents, but say there are questions about part of his plan to give military veterans a tax break.

In State of the State, Hutchinson Seeks Committee to Study Tax Reform

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/10/2017 11:24 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking lawmakers to form a task force to recommend further changes to the state's tax code, calling for deeper reforms as he faces divisions with fellow Republicans over dueling tax cut plans.

Live Video: Watch Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Speech to the Legislature

by Lance Turner 1/10/2017 10:07 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is set to address a joint session of the state Legislature. You can watch the speech live here.

Asa Hutchinson to Address State House, Senate Today

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/10/2017 6:42 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is making his case to lawmakers for a legislative agenda that includes a $50 million plan to cut taxes for low-income residents.

Taking Temptation Off the Table (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/9/2017 12:00 am

A smart lawmaker avoids temptation. Smart government avoids putting temptation in his way.

The Trump Effect: Arkansans Brace for Obamacare Repeal

by Mark Friedman 1/9/2017 12:00 am

With Obamacare in critical condition, Arkansas hospital officials are closely watching Washington while warning that it’s too early to predict an outcome.

Balancing Work Life, the Law and Marijuana as a Medicine

by Marty Cook 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Despite disapproving political leaders, more than 53 percent of Arkansas voters were ready to give qualifying patients a chance to feel better through marijuana.

Session Dry Run for Arkansas Governor's 2018 Bid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/8/2017 12:58 pm

The legislative session that begins on Monday could determine what headwinds Asa Hutchinson will face in next year's election.