Tagged: asa hutchinson

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 Asa Hutchinson's middle class tax cut package after restoring a portion of a capital gains tax break it would have repealed.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.

Hutchinson Moves Budget Plan Reveal to Next Week

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/20/2015 4:26 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says his budget is relying on surplus funds, revenue growth and cuts to some state agencies to pay for his proposal to cut taxes for the middle class by $102 million a year. The Republican governor began briefing lawmakers on highlights of his budget, but delayed until next week his plan to unveil the proposal.

Hutchinson Announces 5 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/20/2015 7:39 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced five appointments to state boards and commissions.

Tim Griffin Pushes to Give Up Some Power as State's No. 2

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/19/2015 7:37 am

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin says he wants to use the state's No. 2 post to help fellow Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's agenda, and is urging lawmakers to scale back some of his office's powers.

Asa Hutchinson's Energy of Change Easier Said Than Done (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2015 1:29 pm

Asa Hutchinson urged Arkansans to embrace the "energy of change" when he was sworn in as the 46th governor of a state where his Republican party used to struggle. Getting them to embrace the messiness that comes with change will be the tough sell.

Arkansas Faces Challenge in Trying to Revamp Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2015 1:20 pm

The program's fate is expected to become clearer this week, with Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson set to deliver a speech Thursday on the future of health care in Arkansas that will also address his plans for the private option.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mark Myers Information Systems Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/15/2015 2:27 pm

Mark Myers was director of strategic initiatives at the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office. He’d been in the position since 2011. He previously worked in the technology industry for Loislaw.com.

Hutchinson Says He'll Unveil Budget Plan Next Week

by Associated Press 1/15/2015 2:26 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will present his balanced budget proposal to lawmakers next week, he said Thursday as legislative leaders prepared to move quickly on the Republican's tax cut plan.