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Special session's focus health law

updated: 04/30/2017 3:52 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers will consider Gov. Asa Hutchinson's latest proposals to change Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion during a special session that starts Monday, against the backdrop of uncertainty over the federal law that authorizes funding for the program.

State to cut budget $70M

updated: 04/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday that he plans to cut the state's $5.33 billion general-revenue budget by $70 million in the current fiscal year because of lagging collections of sales and corporate income taxes and higher-than-expected individual income-tax refunds.

Veteran GOP operative joins staff of lieutenant governor

posted: 04/29/2017 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The former state director for the conservative Americans for Prosperity group, David Ray, started work Friday as the deputy chief of staff and communications director for Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Griffin said Friday.

State Auditor plans to seek re-election for second term in 2018

posted: 04/27/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

State Auditor Andrea Lea announced Tuesday she plans to seek re-election for a second term in 2018.

Arkansas auditor set to run for re-election in 2018

posted: 04/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

State Auditor Andrea Lea announced Tuesday that she plans to seek re-election for a second term in 2018.

Governor let clock run on 13 now-laws

posted: 04/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson let 13 bills become law without his signature during this year’s regular legislative session. The bills range from one authorizing the creation of an industrial hemp research program to another barring cities from naming airports after living elected government officials if those airports receive public funds.

Arkansas ethics filings over Dallas Cowboys tickets given to officers tossed

updated: 04/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Ethics Commission voted Friday to dismiss complaints against North Little Rock's mayor and six aldermen over a resolution that the City Council approved to accept as a city-employee benefit the value of paid trips to Dallas Cowboys football games.

House leader not expecting online tax bill

posted: 04/22/2017 1:01 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam said Thursday he doesn’t expect Gov. Asa Hutchinson to include in his agenda for next month’s special legislative session a proposal to persuade out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on their sales to Arkansans.

Arkansas House leader not expecting online tax bill

posted: 04/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam said Thursday he doesn't expect Gov. Asa Hutchinson to include in his agenda for next month's special legislative session a proposal to persuade out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on their sales to Arkansans.

Trump growing into presidency, Boozman says

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

President Donald Trump's performance has been "mixed" during his first three months in the White House, U.S. Sen. John Boozman said Wednesday.

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