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State ad seeks development chief

updated: 01/26/2015 11:27 p.m. Discuss

The state has started advertising the job of executive director for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at a starting minimum salary of $139,000 a year, plus a privately funded annual performance bonus of $50,000 to $75,000 a year and an automobile.

Senator loses bid to recall tax bill

updated: 01/26/2015 11:01 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Monday rejected an attempt to recall from the state House of Representatives a bill approved by the Senate on Thursday that would cut income tax rates for Arkansans with annual taxable incomes between $21,000 and $75,000 and repeal capital-gains income tax cuts approved in 2013.

Budget, tax cut on tap for legislators this week

posted: 01/26/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers are to get details on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget Tuesday, and a House committee is to consider Hutchinson’s proposed $100 million income tax cut Thursday, during the third week of work for the 90th Arkansas General Assembly.

State Senate adopts income-tax-cut bill

posted: 01/23/2015 3:58 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday handily approved legislation trimming income-tax rates for people with taxable incomes between $21,000 and $75,000 and repealing capital-gains tax cuts enacted in 2013.

Private-option plan appeases many

updated: 01/22/2015 11:29 p.m. Comment 1

Two of the legislative architects of the private option said Gov. Asa Hutchinson's health care speech Thursday helped the chances of the private-option program being reauthorized by lawmakers.

Income-tax rates cut moves to full Senate

posted: 01/22/2015 4:55 a.m. Comment 1

A bill cutting state income-tax rates for Arkansans with taxable incomes of between $21,000 and $75,000 sailed Wednesday through an Arkansas Senate committee.

Budget waits; governor prioritizes private option

posted: 01/21/2015 4:24 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he'll be able to pay for his proposed $100 million income-tax cut because other state tax revenue will increase, budgets for certain state agencies will be cut and one-time surplus funds will be tapped under his proposed budget for fiscal 2016.

Griffin joins consulting firm

updated: 01/19/2015 10 p.m. Comments 15

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Monday that he's joined an Alexandria, Va.-based communications firm called Purple Strategies as an Arkansas-based senior adviser for communications and growth strategies for business clients.

Tax cut, private option on agenda

updated: 01/18/2015 9:59 p.m. Comments 7

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed $100 million income tax cut and his speech Thursday on health care policy, including the private option, stand to dominate this week's work in the General Assembly.

Draw-game sales a drag on lottery

updated: 01/17/2015 10:14 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery sold more scratch-off tickets but fewer draw-game tickets, such as Powerball and Mega Millions, during the first six months of fiscal 2015 compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year.


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