Tagged: asa hutchinson

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.

Arkansas Partners With Facebook to Give Schools Virtual Reality Kits

by Sarah Campbell 1/5/2017 2:16 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Facebook announce a partnership to provide 500 Oculus Rift virtual reality kits to 250 high schools, educational co-ops and STEM education centers across the state.

Asa Hutchinson Touts Tax Cut Plan as Lawmakers Float Delay

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/5/2017 6:50 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson defended his $50 million tax-cut plan for low-income Arkansans as the House speaker floated the possibility that lawmakers may not enact any tax cuts in the coming session.

Asa Hutchinson: No Need for 'Bathroom Bill' During Session

by Associated Press 1/4/2017 1:38 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's told lawmakers he doesn't see the need for a so-called bathroom bill during the legislative session.

On MSNBC, Fox Business, Cotton and Hutchinson Talk Health Care Reform

by Lance Turner 1/4/2017 8:18 am

Appearing on MSNBC and Fox Business, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Gov. Asa Hutchinson weigh in on the GOP's goal of repealing Obamacare.

Medical Pot, Trump Shape Arkansas Politics in '17 (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/2/2017 6:26 am

From establishing the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt to the future of a hybrid Medicaid expansion program covering thousands, the state faces plenty of questions in the new year.

Governor Lays Out Plans for '17 Arkansas Legislative Session

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/20/2016 3:08 pm

Arkansas' governor says that during the 2017 legislative session he wants lawmakers to concentrate on topics dealing with his three "Es" - economic development, education and efficiency within state government.

Hutchinson Tax Cut Plan Faces Some GOP Resistance (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/19/2016 6:48 am

With proposals to slash taxes for low-income Arkansans and military veterans, Gov. Asa Hutchinson hopes to win the support of some fellow Republican legislators as well as Democrats who felt their top priorities were left out of a package helping middle-class taxpayers that was approved last year.

Governor Seeks Tax Cuts for Low-Income Arkansans, Military Retirees

by Lance Turner 12/13/2016 2:37 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll propose a $50 million tax cut for lower income Arkansans and back a plan that would eliminate state income tax for those who get pensions from the military. The $50 million tax cut would cover about 657,000 Arkansans, he said.

Asa Hutchinson Gives Lawmakers Easy Job with 2-Year Tuition Plan

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/12/2016 7:19 am

Arkansas legislators will fight in the 2017 session over education issues, particularly charter schools, but the governor has indicated he'll try to make part of their task easier.

Hutchinson Plans Grants to Woo Students to High-Demand Work

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/9/2016 10:13 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson suggests a way for high school graduates, home-school graduates and non-traditional students to learn skills without paying a dime.