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Arkansas Senate Approves Tobacco Tax Increases for Tax Cuts

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/20/2019 4:47 pm

The Arkansas Senate has narrowly approved a $100 million plan to raise taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes to pay for a package of tax cuts for low- and middle-income residents.

Arkansas Bill: Raise Cigarette Taxes to Pay for Tax Cuts

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/14/2019 1:55 pm

The Republican leader of the Arkansas Senate and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are proposing raising taxes on cigarettes and e-cigarettes to pay for tax cuts for the state's low- and middle-income residents.

Stephanie Flowers: 'God Will Judge Me'

by Associated Press 3/11/2019 4:30 pm

An Arkansas state senator who angrily repudiated her senate judiciary colleagues when the committee voted to limit public debate on a gun rights bill has said she stands by her words and won't apologize for her passion.

Arkansas Grapples with Ethics Cleanup Amid Federal Probes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/25/2019 6:41 am

Arkansas has had its share of notable corruption cases over the years, including when the governor who succeeded Bill Clinton was convicted in a Whitewater-related probe and when a state treasurer was caught accepting bribes stashed in pie boxes.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Bill Cutting Top Income Tax Rate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/19/2019 3:23 pm

Arkansas' governor on Tuesday signed into law his $97 million plan to cut the state's top income tax rate, and said he wants legislators to address highway funding before looking at any other tax reductions during this year's session.

Proposed Arkansas Highway Plan Would Raise $300M Per Year

by Lance Turner 2/11/2019 11:49 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders unveil a $300 million per year plan to maintain Arkansas' roads and bridges — one billed as the largest single highway proposal in the state's history.

A Day After Falling Short, Hutchinson's Tax Plan Passes Senate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/6/2019 3:05 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $97 million plan to cut the state's top income tax rate has passed the Senate, a day after it fell short of the votes needed.

Governor's Tax Cut Plan Falls Short of Passing State Senate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/5/2019 2:27 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $97 million proposal to cut the state's top income tax rate has failed to pass the state Senate.

Arkansas' Highways to Nowhere

by Marty Cook 1/28/2019 12:00 am

Arkansas needs hundreds of millions more dollars to adequately maintain current roads and bridges and keep up with future needs. The last new money the state dug up for Arkansas highways was $50 million the governor scraped together in 2016 from existing sources.

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.

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.

Neither a Borrower nor A Lender Be (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/1/2018 12:00 am

Although no state law appears to forbid lawmakers from lending money to each other, taxpayers should not have to worry whether legislators have leverage over or obligations to each other that might influence their votes.

Asa Hutchinson Looks to Repeal Quarter of All Arkansas Regulations

by Associated Press 9/5/2018 3:34 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says state agencies and subcommittees have recommended over 800 state rules and regulations to the legislature for repeal.

Welcome and Overdue (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/9/2018 12:00 am

During what can generously be described as a discouraging year for the image of Arkansas legislators, the president-elect of the state Senate has taken a praiseworthy step toward transparency and accountability.

Some Things We Know (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/18/2018 12:00 am

Legislative leaders apparently think that one can be elected to the highest deliberative body in Arkansas government and not know that ethics — as in having some — are good.

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.