Tagged: asa hutchinson

Hutchinson Signs Highway Plan Into Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/23/2016 2:03 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law his plan to raise nearly $50 million for highways in the coming year by tapping into the state's surplus, investment returns and other funds.

Asa Hutchinson's Highway Funding Plan Heads to Final Vote

by Associated Press 5/20/2016 4:06 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway funding plan won initial approval from lawmakers Friday, while an attempt to limit his $50 million proposal to one year appeared dead.

Arkansas Governor Hires Williams as New Chief of Staff

by Associated Press 5/20/2016 3:30 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says his director of state-federal relations Alison Williams will take over as his chief of staff next month.

Arkansas Lawmakers Side With Governor on LGBT Guidance

by Associated Press 5/18/2016 3:43 pm

Arkansas lawmakers are joining with Gov. Asa Hutchinson to encourage schools to disregard an Obama administration directive that they must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Broyles-Backed Publicity Rights Bill Gets 2nd Chance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/17/2016 5:05 pm

A publicity rights bill backed by legendary former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles' family that was vetoed last year is getting a new chance before lawmakers as they meet for a special session this week.

Session Sets Stage for Later Fight on Road Funding (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/16/2016 7:06 am

No matter what happens when Arkansas lawmakers meet this week to take up the governor's highway funding plan, one thing is clear: This won't be the end of the debate over how to pay for the state's road needs.

Never Say Never (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

This is the perfect time to increase the fuel tax. Gasoline remains relatively cheap in historic terms, and the price per gallon can easily fluctuate by 5 cents per day. If we are going to have decent roads, we need an adequate and reliable funding mechanism — and spending the state rainy-day fund and nickel-and-diming other government needs just screams inadequate and unreliable, doesn’t it?

Some Top Arkansas Republicans Not Sold on Donald Trump (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/9/2016 6:53 am

After eight years of forcing state Democrats to keep their party's standard bearer at arm's length, top Arkansas Republicans are now grappling with a presumptive nominee who wasn't their first, second or even last choice.

Hutchinson Unlikely to Try Ending King-Lee Holiday This Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/6/2016 7:35 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he's unlikely to proceed this year with his plan to end Arkansas' practice of honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.

Amendments Expand Arkansas Session Beyond Budget (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 7:12 am

When Arkansas voters mandated the Legislature meet annually, the plan was for lawmakers to take up a wide range of issues one year and focus primarily on the budget the next. The same voters can be forgiven if they see little daylight between the two types of sessions nowadays.

Arkansas Budget Bill Boosts Human Services, School Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 7:00 am

Arkansas' public schools, child welfare system and Medicaid program are set to receive funding increases while additional money is being tucked away for unexpected needs under a proposed $5.3 billion state budget unveiled Sunday.

Sprint to Add Regional HQ in Little Rock, 100 Jobs by Year's End

by Sarah Campbell 4/29/2016 4:29 pm

Sprint Corp. of Overland Park, Kansas, announced Friday that it will bring up to 100 jobs to Little Rock before the end of the year as it opens a new South Central regional headquarters at 900 Shackleford Road. The headquarters will oversee the telecommunication company's operations in Arkansas Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Video: Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Jobs at Sun Paper, Mercy Northwest, GW Communication & Sprint

by Lance Turner 4/29/2016 4:07 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks to reporters at the Little Rock Regional Chamber about this week's array of job announcements, the legislative session and new leadership at the Little Rock School District.

Mercy Northwest Arkansas Plans $247M Expansion Over 5 Years

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/27/2016 1:11 pm

Mercy Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday announced a five-year, $247 million expansion project it said will create 1,000 new jobs.

Update: Sun Paper of China Picks Clark County for $1.3B Pulp Mill

by Gwen Moritz and Lance Turner 4/26/2016 9:57 am

Shandong Sun Paper Industry of China has selected Arkadelphia (Clark County) for a pulp mill plant that will cost between $1 billion and $1.3 billion to build, employ 250 people directly and have an economic impact of up to $100 million a year in the timberlands of south Arkansas.

John Goodson: No Role Model (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Judges and lawyers who pervert the judicial system for their enrichment undermine the public’s faith in that system. They should not be board members of the state’s university system.

Fights Still Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/24/2016 12:50 pm

There's little guarantee that Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders won't face the type of budget shutdown fight that's accompanied Medicaid expansion since its inception.

Arkansas House Backs Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion Program

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2016 2:33 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a plan to preserve the state's first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic to save the program covering more than 250,000 poor people.

Arkansas Senate Approves Plan to Preserve Medicaid

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2016 3:00 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to preserve the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic that required supporters to initially vote to end the subsidized health coverage. Republican opponents have predicted a legal challenge to what they call an end-run around the budget process.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/20/2016 6:58 am

Arkansas lawmakers broke a stalemate over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion Tuesday after Democrats acceded to an unusual plan that'll require them to initially vote to end the subsidized health insurance for thousands of poor people.