Tagged: asa hutchinson

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.

A Look at Budget Impasse Over Arkansas Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:04 am

Arkansas lawmakers return to the Capitol this week hoping to resolve a budget standoff over the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion and a host of other programs for the poor and disabled.

Backup Medicaid Plan Requires Leap of Faith (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:00 am

With a backup plan to save Arkansas' Medicaid expansion by defunding it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will need a leap of faith from political foes on both sides of the aisle to prevent thousands of poor people losing their health coverage.

Arkansas Lawmakers Head Toward Standoff on Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2016 7:08 pm

Arkansas lawmakers barreled toward a budget standoff over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion as they began their legislative session Wednesday, with opponents showing little sign of retreating from their push to defund the program

In Fiscal Session, Another Battle in the War Over Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 4/13/2016 1:28 pm

The 2016 fiscal session began at noon today and, as expected, the battle continues over the re-authorization of the Medicaid expansion program "Arkansas Works," formerly known as the private option. The outlook is not nearly as promising as it was a year ago.

Legislators File Proposal to End Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/13/2016 1:05 pm

Opponents of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion have filed a proposal to cap enrollment in the program and terminate the expanded coverage by year's end.

Arkansas House Leaders Detail Cuts If Medicaid Plan Fails

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 3:27 pm

Arkansas House leaders say a host of state programs including public schools, prisons and colleges would face cuts if lawmakers don't fund the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Tougher Fight Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 6:47 am

The Legislature's approval of bills outlining Asa Hutchinson's proposed restrictions for the hybrid expansion are a preview of the debate he's about to face with fellow Republicans who have vowed to block its funding.

UAMS Fears More Red Ink, Eyes $34M Shortfall in Fiscal 2017

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2016 12:00 am

As bad as the financial picture at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is now, it could be a lot worse if the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion plan isn’t continued by the state Legislature.

Arkansas House, Senate Approve Governor's Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 4/7/2016 11:26 am

The Arkansas House and Senate have approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.