Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is proposing changing Arkansas' work-force training system, calling for the creation of eight councils around the state that would guide how funding for the programs are distributed.
Hutchinson on Wednesday proposed creating eight Workforce Education Councils to coordinate and expand the state's training programs. Under Hutchinson's proposal, the councils would help direct how roughly $34 million in annual funding for work-force training programs is distributed by the state Department of Higher Education.
Hutchinson said the council members would be appointed by the governor, but left open the possibility legislative leaders could appoint members.
Hutchinson, a former congressman, is running against Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman for the Republican nomination. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is running against Lynette Bryant for the Democratic nomination.