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Asa Hutchinson Says He's Opposed to Grocery Tax Hike

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/4/2018 7:29 am

Arkansas' governor said Thursday that he's opposed to raising the state's sales tax on groceries, likely killing an idea that some lawmakers were considering as a possible way to make room for further income tax cuts.

Medicaid Official Visiting Arkansas for Announcement on Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 6:53 am

A top Trump administration official is visiting Arkansas next week as state leaders await word on requests to impose a work requirement and scale back the eligibility of its Medicaid expansion, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said Friday.

AEDC's Preston Defends Governor's 'Quick Action' Fund

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/21/2018 9:51 am

The executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission on Tuesday defended certain incentives his agency offers to companies that are building, moving to or expanding in Arkansas.

Hutchinson's Tax Cut Pitch A Campaign Preview (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/19/2018 7:05 am

It was billed as a State of the State address, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson's speech to lawmakers last week felt more like a kick-off for his re-election bid and a preview of the Republican's legislative agenda for a hoped-for second term.

Medicaid Plan's Fate Uncertain as Arkansas Lawmakers Convene

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2018 7:04 am

Arkansas' governor and legislative leaders hope to stay focused on the next state budget when they convene this week, but uncertainty looms about whether there will be enough support to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive for another year.

Committee Raises Questions of Collusion Between UAMS, Baptist

by Mark Friedman 1/25/2018 6:06 pm

The Arkansas General Assembly's Joint Performance Review Committee will continuing looking into a contract under which the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences provides physician services to Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway.

Vacancies Add to Medicaid Plan's Uncertain Future (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/27/2017 7:01 am

Vacant seats in the Legislature, a lack of answers on proposals to impose new restrictions and uncertainty about the future of the federal health care law could put Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion back in a precarious position.

Jim Hendren Ends Company's Contract With Rehab Program

by Associated Press 10/31/2017 3:06 pm

The top Republican in the Arkansas Senate said Tuesday that his company terminated its agreement with a drug rehabilitation program after accusations workers provided by the nonprofit were unpaid.

Arkansas Panel Faces Pressure Over Tax Breaks (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/30/2017 7:12 am

The toughest job for a task force looking at an overhaul of Arkansas' tax code will be resisting pressure from a list of lobbying groups hoping to protect exemption.

Dismang, Gillam Pick 16 for Governor's Tax Reform Group

by Associated Press 5/8/2017 11:37 am

Ten Republicans and six Democrats have been named to serve on a legislative task force that will recommend tax cuts before the 2019 session.

Arkansas Tax Cut Plan Sets Stage for '19 Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/29/2017 12:53 pm

A common tactic used by Asa Hutchinson assured passage of his $50 million tax cut proposal, but also guarantees that a bigger fight and tougher choices await those sent to the Capitol for the 2019 session.

Asa Hutchinson Vows to Seek Deeper Tax Cuts in 2 Years

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2017 10:52 am

An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million proposal to cut income taxes for more than 600,000 low-income residents.

Asa Hutchinson Touts Tax Cut Plan as Lawmakers Float Delay

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/5/2017 6:50 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson defended his $50 million tax-cut plan for low-income Arkansans as the House speaker floated the possibility that lawmakers may not enact any tax cuts in the coming session.

Study: Voters Favor New Tax on Fuel Wholesalers for Highways

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 1/4/2017 3:14 pm

Arkansans prefer maintaining roads to building new ones, would favor a sales tax on fuel wholesalers and support making permanent the temporary one-half cent sales tax they approved in 2012, researchers said.

Amendment Wish List (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/21/2016 12:00 am

In a few days, many of us will gather with friends and family to give thanks. Last week, two Arkansas legislators — one a Republican, one a Democrat — provided us with a couple of reasons to thank them for good service.

'A Whole New Ballgame' (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/14/2016 12:00 am

President-elect Trump said during his campaign that repealing and replacing the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act would be a top priority of his administration. Now he and his fellow Republicans have their chance.

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.

Panel's Vote Avoids Looming Medicaid Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/21/2015 7:06 am

A task force formed to study the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion gave Gov. Asa Hutchinson the bargaining chip he wanted as he starts negotiating changes to a program covering more than 200,000 people. But it also avoided giving a definitive answer about the expansion's future.

Arkansas Panel Nearing Decision on Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/15/2015 2:52 pm

A legislative task force began finalizing its recommendations on the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion on Tuesday, as a top lawmaker urged colleagues to avoid fights over details about changes to a program that's providing coverage to more than 200,000 people.

King-Burwell Ruling Could Prompt New Debate in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/22/2015 7:16 am

Months after Arkansas lawmakers avoided another protracted fight over the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, the nation's highest court could throw the Legislature back into an all-too-familiar debate over a key part of the federal health care law.