Rep. Debra Hobbs says she's seeking the Republican nomination for Arkansas governor next year. The third-term lawmaker from Rogers on Monday said she'll formally launch her bid for the state's top office after June 17.
The Arkansas Legislature on Tuesday wrapped up its first session since Reconstruction in which Republicans have controlled both chambers by giving final approval to the state's $4.9 billion budget plan for the coming fiscal year.
Arkansas lawmakers moved closer Thursday toward finalizing a package of tax cuts that will eventually cost the state about $140 million a year, a day after approving a health insurance expansion that officials say will provide savings to help pay for the reductions.
A plan for Arkansas to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents has cleared its final hurdle in the state House. House members voted 77-23 Tuesday morning after a half-hour debate. Includes roll call.
Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's compromising with Democrats by adding an increase to the standard income tax deduction to his capital gains tax cut proposal. Carter's bill would raise the standard deduction from $2,000 to $2,400 over three years.
The Republican leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate on Monday endorsed a proposal to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income workers using federal funds -- an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.
Gov. Mike Beebe's plan to provide $125 million in state financing to help a new company build a steel mill in Mississippi County is gaining bipartisan support among legislators. But some conservatives still object to having the government help fund one of Arkansas' largest economic development projects.
State House and Senate leaders on Thursday came out in support of a $125 million financing package that's been proposed to help build a steel mill in northeast Arkansas, saying the benefits of the project outweigh any risks to the state.
Farmers wouldn't have to pay sales taxes on utilities for several types of structures under a $10 million exemption backed by a House panel Thursday, the first major tax reduction up for a vote by that chamber this session.