Tagged: jonathan dismang

Arkansas Legislative Leaders Say No Amendments Planned

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2015 12:53 pm

Arkansas legislative leaders say they don't expect to refer any proposed amendments to the state's constitution to voters next year.

Members of Arkansas Task Force to Study Medicaid Plan Named

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2015 6:50 am

Twelve Republicans and four Democrats have been named to a legislative task force studying alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently on Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.

Lawmakers Look at Keeping Part of 2013 Capital Gains Tax Cut

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 5:19 pm

Arkansas lawmakers may change Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle-class tax cut package to roll back its proposed repeal of $21 million capital gains tax break that lawmakers approved two years ago, the chairman of the House panel considering the measure said Monday.

Arkansas Senate OKs Tax Cuts, Partial Capital Gains Repeal

by Associated Press 1/22/2015 2:08 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved middle-class tax cuts funded in part with a repeal of a $21 million capital gains tax cut approved two years ago.

Jonathan Dismang Outlines Bill for Asa Hutchinson Tax Cut Plan

by Associated Press 1/14/2015 11:42 am

Arkansas Senate President Jonathan Dismang says he hopes to bring Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut taxes for the middle class by $100 million a year before lawmakers as soon as next week.

Arkansas Salary Panel Wants to Review Out-of-State Data

by Associated Press 1/7/2015 9:01 am

The panel reviewing the salaries of Arkansas' elected officials wants the Legislature's research staff to compile economic data from other states before recommending any changes.

Asa Hutchinson, Legislative Leaders Talk Session Issues

by Lee Hogan 1/6/2015 2:35 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says it makes sense for the Legislature to address his tax cut proposal early in the upcoming legislative session, and says he expects quick action from the state's lawmakers.

Dismang: Medicaid Plan's Boundaries to Be Tested

by Associated Press 12/24/2014 10:03 am

The head of the state Senate and an architect of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid plan says legislators are weighing changes to the system that will test how much flexibility the federal government will allow.

Arkansas' Model Medicaid Experiment, the Private Option, in Jeopardy

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/17/2014 12:24 pm

Arkansas became the first southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. Now Arkansas could be on the brink of another distinction: becoming the first to abandon its Medicaid expansion after giving coverage to thousands.

Gary Stubblefield Drops Bid for Senate President

by Associated Press 11/12/2014 4:34 pm

A Republican lawmaker from western Arkansas says he's dropping his bid to unseat the incoming president of the state Senate.

GOP Lawmaker Says He'll Challenge Senate President

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/7/2014 4:00 pm

A Republican state senator said Friday he's challenging the election of the chamber's incoming leader, highlighting a rift within the GOP-led Arkansas Legislature after the party's massive gains in the midterm election.

Burris Defeat, GOP Runoff Clouds Private Option Future in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/11/2014 7:20 am

The Arkansas "private option" expansion of Medicaid again faces an uncertain future after one of its key architects was defeated Tuesday in a state Senate race cast as a referendum on the program.

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 1:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

Legislature Overrides Mike Beebe's Veto of Tax Break for Gas Drillers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2014 2:19 pm

The Arkansas Legislature has voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a $5 million tax exemption for natural gas drillers.

Mike Beebe Vetoes Tax Exemption for Drilling Sand

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/17/2014 9:45 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a $5 million tax exemption for the sand used in natural gas drilling on Monday, saying it was unconstitutional for the Legislature to include the tax break in a state agency's budget bill.

The Fiscal Session, and Everything After (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 3/12/2014 8:52 am

With the 2014 fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly in rear view, I examine four lessons we gleaned from it, and what that means in the year ahead.

The End of the Private Option (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 1/29/2014 2:31 pm

The private option is the major issue facing the General Assembly in the upcoming fiscal session. The impact on the state economy and business climate will be significant, but the outlook for reauthorization is grim.

Arkansas' Private Option Faces New Pressure in 2014 (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/3/2013 8:37 am

The computer problems that have frustrated many Americans trying to sign up for insurance under the federal health care could threaten Arkansas' compromise plan to expand insurance coverage.

With Portions of Obamacare Set to Begin, Questions Remain

by Mark Friedman 9/2/2013 12:00 am

Oct. 1 will mark one of the biggest changes in the history of health insurance in the United States. On that day, open enrollment begins in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Several unanswered questions exist about the ACA.

Jonathan Dismang Elected to Head Arkansas Senate in 2015

by Associated Press 4/22/2013 3:31 pm

A Republican lawmaker who was one of the key supporters of a plan to use federal Medicaid money to provide private insurance to thousands of low-income residents will lead the state Senate in the 2015 legislative session.