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Hutchinson proposes work-force training changes

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 19, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

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.

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sgtbob6606140841 says... March 19, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

How is the money distributed now?

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sgtbob6606140841 says... March 19, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

Pobucker, I wouldn't be surprised at arm wrestling or leg wrestling. Seriously, newspaper folks -- How is the money distributed now? $34 million is but a legislative sneeze, but a million here, a million there ...

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FreeSpiritMan says... March 19, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.

A little power grab by the gov wanabe.

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sgtbob6606140841 says... March 19, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.

The Arkansas Times says the current $34 million is “distributed by the Department of Higher Education through formula funding, collected via a tax on corporate income over $100,000 …” Under Hutchinson’s plan, “funding will be guided by performance and results.” Formula funding? Not explained. Performance and results? TBA, most likely.

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