Tagged: asa hutchinson

'Bathroom Bill' Could Upend Arkansas Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/20/2017 6:48 am

The plan has spurred warnings from Hutchinson, as well as tourism and business groups, that such a measure isn't needed and could subject the state to the widespread backlash and boycotts North Carolina faced over its bathroom law.

AP: DHS Weighed National Guard for Immigration Roundups

by Garance Burke, The Associated Press 2/17/2017 11:21 am

The plan includes four states that border on Mexico, but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Arkansas, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Arkansas Senate Adds Training Requirement to Campus-Gun Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2017 7:35 am

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to require college and university employees who want to carry concealed handguns on campus to first undergo additional training, prompting a Republican lawmaker to expand the campus-carry proposal to allow some students and visitors to participate.

Transgender Bathroom Bill Draws Criticism

by Sarah Campbell 2/16/2017 10:10 am

A bill filed Tuesday that "concerns gender identity and bathroom privileges" has already been rebuked by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Governor's ArFuture Grant Proposal Fails in Committee

by Ibby Caputo, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 2/16/2017 7:03 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to create a grant that would pay for tuition and fees for students at Arkansas community or technical colleges failed to pass the Senate Education Committee in a 4-4 vote Wednesday

Arkansas Senate Panel Backs Bill Requiring Colleges to Allow Guns

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/16/2017 6:55 am

An Arkansas Senate panel on Wednesday advanced legislation requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, rejecting a proposal to make employees who want to be armed undergo additional training.

Arkansas GOP Lawmakers Work on Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/15/2017 6:45 am

Arkansas lawmakers said Tuesday they're working on a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, despite warnings from the Republican governor that such a measure isn't needed and could harm the state.

New Bill Would Earmark Amazon Sales Tax for More Cuts

by Ibby Caputo, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 2/14/2017 6:51 am

Last week, Amazon announced it planned to voluntarily collect sales tax in Arkansas starting in March. Now, a bill filed in the House seeks to dedicate that revenue to reducing income tax.

Pro-Trump Arkansas Resists Anti-Sanctuary Bill (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/13/2017 6:50 am

A legislative panel's rejection of an effort to cut off funding to so-called sanctuary campuses shows resistance by lawmakers to fully embrace the president's immigration rhetoric, even in a solidly red state.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Bill to Change Higher Education Funding

by Associated Press 2/8/2017 1:44 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a bill that links college and university funding to factors such as the number of students who complete their degrees.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill Forcing Amazon to Collect Taxes

by Associated Press 2/6/2017 4:36 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved a bill aimed at forcing Amazon to begin collecting state sales taxes, a plan backed by Wal-Mart and lawmakers who say the state is missing out on $100 million in revenue.

Revenue Dip Complicates Arkansas Tax Cut Push (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/6/2017 6:51 am

The specter of budget cuts and sluggish tax collections are prompting new concerns about the state's finances, and show the difficulty the governor and fellow Republicans will face as they try to craft a plan to slash rates even more in the 2019 session.

Push On To Collect Sales Tax Online

by Mark Friedman 2/6/2017 12:00 am

Online sales grew to 8.2 percent of all retail sales in the U.S. last year, and projections of continued growth finally seem to be creating the political will to tax internet purchases.

ArFuture Grants To Help Fill High-Demand Jobs

by Marty Cook 2/6/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said his Arkansas Future Grant program is as much about giving students confidence to go to college as it is about giving them monetary support to do so.

Playing the Trading Card (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 2/6/2017 12:00 am

If the United States were to impose onerous tariffs on foreign goods, the effect on Arkansas consumers would be higher prices.

When Elected Officials Do Right (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/6/2017 12:00 am

Following the parenting advice that we should praise the behavior we desire, we have compliments for a couple of elected officials.

Asa Hutchinson to Arkansas Agencies: Brace for Possible Cuts

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2017 2:06 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's asking several agencies to make contingency plans for potential budget cuts after finance officials announced the state's net revenue had fallen $57 million below forecast. The figures were released the day after Hutchinson signed his $50 million tax cut plan into law.

Pulaski Tech Merges with UA System

by Lance Turner 2/1/2017 10:36 am

Pulaski Technical College's merger with the University of Arkansas System is effective today, and the North Little Rock college has been renamed University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, or UA-Pulaski Tech.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Income Tax Break on Veterans' Benefits

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2017 7:25 am

The Arkansas House on Monday approved a tax break for retired military veterans, but the proposal is drawing objections from conservatives over a plan to raise taxes on soda, candy and digital downloads to help pay for it.

Arkansas Lawmakers Give Final OK to $50M Income Tax Cut Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/30/2017 2:33 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million plan to cut taxes for thousands of low-income Arkansans and to form a panel that will call for deeper reductions in two years.