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Hutchinson Starts 2nd Term With Calls for Tax Cuts, Smaller Government

by Lance Turner 1/15/2019 11:39 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes the oath of office for a second term as Arkansas' 46th governor, and in a speech to the Legislature touted his accomplishments and repeated his goals to cut taxes, raise starting teacher salaries and reorganize state government.

Arkansas Lawmakers Begin 2019 Session, Vow Work on Ethics

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/15/2019 7:05 am

Arkansas lawmakers kicked off their legislative session Monday with leaders promising an ethics package they say is needed to clean up the Capitol's image following federal corruption probes that have involved former lawmakers and lobbyists.

Arkansas Legislature to Focus on Ethics, Tax Cuts in 2019 Session

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/14/2019 6:47 am

Republicans remain firmly in control of the House and Senate and Hutchinson, a Republican, will be sworn in for a second term the day after the session begins. Here's a look at some major issues that will be debated in the session.

Asa Hutchinson, Lawmakers Hope for Highway Funding Fix

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/14/2019 6:44 am

Arkansas' Republican governor and legislative leaders say they're hopeful they can find a highway funding solution that's been elusive in recent years. But the two main ideas — raising taxes or tapping into existing tax revenue — still face significant hurdles.

Arkansas Marijuana Finally Set to Roll

by Kyle Massey 1/14/2019 12:00 am

When medicinal cannabis begins to be sold in Arkansas, possibly in April, a potential $100 million-a-year industry is poised to emerge from a complex and harshly criticized regulatory landscape.

Governor, Lawmakers Expect No Fights Over Medicaid Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/11/2019 1:35 pm

Arkansas' governor and legislative leaders say they don't expect another funding fight over the future of the state's Medicaid expansion, even if a federal judge blocks the state from enforcing a work requirement on the program.

Heathcott v. CJRW Offers Glimpse Of Dollar Details in Consulting Deal

by Kyle Massey 12/27/2018 8:37 am

Gary Heathcott’s $1.3 million lawsuit against CJRW offers a rare glimpse inside a lucrative consulting contract, and the need for clarity and close scrutiny in legal agreements.

Asa Hutchinson Names Justin Tate to Public Service Commission

by Associated Press 12/20/2018 11:25 am

Arkansas' governor has named an attorney from his office to the state Public Service Commission.

Inaugural Events Set for Asa Hutchinson's 2nd Term

by Associated Press 12/20/2018 6:49 am

The start of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's second term is being marked with two days of inaugural events next month.

Arkansas Sets Up Helpline for Medicaid Work Rule Reports

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/13/2018 6:33 am

Arkansas officials said Wednesday they're setting up a helpline for people on the state's Medicaid expansion program to report they've complied with a work requirement following complaints from advocacy groups.

Director Kane Webb to Leave Parks & Tourism for Walmart Post

by Lance Turner 12/12/2018 4:17 pm

Kane Webb, executive director of the state Department of Parks and Tourism, is leaving the agency at the end of year to become director of executive communications at Walmart Inc. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named department CFO Cynthia Dunlap as interim director.

Japanese Delegate Stresses Economic Ties to Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 12/11/2018 1:01 pm

He introduces himself as Tom Taniguchi, a speechwriter for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but a Japanese visitor to Little Rock on Monday took on the role of travel agent. The traveler? Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Rett Hatcher Joins Gilmore Strategy Group

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2018 2:10 pm

Gilmore Strategy Group of Little Rock, a political consulting and lobbying firm, adds Rett Hatcher as a partner in the firm.

Program Restores Grants For Inmates Pursuing Degrees

by Todd Traub 12/5/2018 2:11 pm

A federal program, whose Arkansas participants include Shorter College in Little Rock and Arkansas State University-Newport, provides need-based Pell Grants to state and federal prisoners through college partnerships.

Hutchinson: No Mandate for Armed Presence at K-12 Schools

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/4/2018 7:18 am

Arkansas' Republican governor said Monday that he doesn't believe the state needs to require schools to have an armed presence on campus but said districts should be able to apply for state facilities funding to pay for security upgrades.

Road Funding in Arkansas Still Elusive

by Marty Cook 11/19/2018 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson sees highway funding as a priority when the state’s next legislative session opens in January.

State to Close 2 Juvenile Treatment Centers

by Associated Press 11/16/2018 1:33 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state Department of Youth Services say two of the state's juvenile treatment centers will be closed and the five others will be run by private operators under contracts with the state as part of a plan to improve juvenile justice.

In Arkansas, 12K Lose Medicaid Coverage Over Work Rule

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/15/2018 1:37 pm

Arkansas has removed more than 12,000 people from its expanded Medicaid program over the past three months for not complying with a new work requirement.

Governor: Reorganization Plan Includes New Inspector General Office

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 11/14/2018 3:20 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson touted his plan to remake state government on Wednesday, a reorganization that would include adding Arkansas' first Department of Inspector General.

Asa Hutchinson Budget Includes Teacher Raises, Tax Cut

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/14/2018 10:46 am

Arkansas' governor is proposing a $5.7 billion budget for the coming year that sets aside money for raising the minimum salaries for public school teachers and for his tax cut plan.