Tagged: jonathan dismang

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.

Stuttgart's Stratton Seed Gets PSC Approval for 1MW Solar Array

by Kyle Massey 7/13/2017 10:33 am

Stratton Seed Co. of Stuttgart plans to build a 1-megawatt solar array capable of supplying power to all 11 of its facilities in Arkansas and Lonoke counties.

Thanks Legislators (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/22/2017 12:00 am

A legislative subcommittee was correct in refusing to review a request from the office of Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan for more taxpayer money to pay $170,000 in legal fees charged by a private law firm.

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.

Lawmakers Give First OK to Removing 60K from Arkansas Works

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2017 2:38 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to moving 60,000 people off the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion program and to impose a work requirement on its participants.

Working on Arkansas Works (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/1/2017 12:00 am

The state’s iteration of the Affordable Care Act has been praised for reducing the ranks of the uninsured, giving thousands more Arkansans access to primary health care and lessening reliance on emergency care.

Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.

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.

Panel OKs Lottery's $34.5M Advertising Contract With CJRW

by Kyle Massey 1/24/2017 5:44 pm

A legislative subcommittee gave a thumbs-up to a five-year, $34.5 million advertising contract to CJRW to market the Arkansas Scholarship lottery. But first, lawmakers got a primer on the limitations they face in reviewing contracts.

Governor Lays Out Plans for '17 Arkansas Legislative Session

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/20/2016 3:08 pm

Arkansas' governor says that during the 2017 legislative session he wants lawmakers to concentrate on topics dealing with his three "Es" - economic development, education and efficiency within state government.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Members to be Named

by Associated Press 12/7/2016 6:51 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam are to announce the appointments Wednesday at the state Capital.

After 2014 Vote, A New Regulatory Landscape for State Agency Rules (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 8/10/2016 11:31 am

A constitutional amendment and an executive order by Gov. Asa Hutchinson has fundamentally changed the way state agencies issue new rules. Only now are we starting to see the practical and political effects of these changes on the regulatory process.

Arkansas Surplus Opens Budget Fight in Legislature (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2016 7:20 am

A $177.4 million state budget surplus is likely to open up a new fight in the Legislature over the push for tax cuts and concerns that services are being jeopardized.

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.

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.

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.

Legislative Leaders Ask Hutchinson to Drop Managed Care Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2016 6:47 am

Arkansas legislative leaders asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to drop his managed care proposal from this week's special session agenda, saying the plan faces too many questions.

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Government

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/21/2016 12:00 am

A government resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions.

Early Primary Voting Begins as Clinton, Rubio Talk Abounds

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2016 6:50 am

The presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio touted their support in Arkansas on Tuesday as early voting began for the state's March 1 primary.

Arkansas GOP, Having Embraced Term Limits, Is Now Conflicted

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/4/2016 11:18 am

More than two decades after Arkansas became one of the first states to limit how long lawmakers could serve in the Legislature, Republicans who once championed the issue are conflicted.